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Notes: Kerryon Johnson named NFL’s Week 7 ‘Ground Player of the Week’

The Lions running back earned weekly honors for his breakout performance against the Dolphins.

Detroit Lions v Miami Dolphins Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Y’all did it!

After we asked for Detroit Lions fans to flood the polls earlier in the week, running back Kerryon Johnson has been named the Week 7 FedEx Ground Player of the Week. Johnson earned the title after his 19-rush, 158-yard performance against the Miami Dolphins.

Johnson led all backs in rushing yards last week, and his 8.3 yards per carry was most among players with at least 10 carries on the day. Both of those numbers marked career highs for the rookie running back out of Auburn.

Johnson is the first rookie to win the award this year. As the weekly winner, Johnson will have a $2,000 donation sent to the USO in his name, courtesy of FedEx.

  • Last week, Ricky Jean Francois sent the Miami Herald a bunch of donuts, then proceeded to tally two sacks against the Dolphins. This week, it was Luke Willson who treated the competition’s press a treat. (Willson is a former Seahawk and knows the media there well, obviously.)

  • Matthew Stafford is continuing his domination on play-action plays:

  • If you’re looking to get into Ford Field on Sunday for the big game against the Seahawks, the Lions are releasing standing room only tickets again this week. You can get them here for $65.

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