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Friday open thread: Who needs to break out for the Lions against the 49ers?

Detroit will need some juice on offense this week against a stout 49ers’ front-seven, and they have just the rookie to do it.

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With the Week 1 embarrassment to the New York Jets on “Monday Night Football” firmly in the rearview, the Lions will pack their bags and head to San Francisco for an afternoon affair with the 49ers.

Detroit’s offensive output last week was, well, offensive. Matthew Stafford played perhaps the worst game of his professional career, the offensive line wasn’t much better than it was in year’s past, and the supposedly re-tooled run game, yeah, 15 carries for a measly 39 yards.

But hey, it’s all in past! Why are your eyes in the front of your head? To look forward. Keep looking forward...

“Forward down the field...”

Alright, let’s get right into today’s Question of the Day:

Who needs to break out for the Lions against the 49ers?

After playing just 16 total snaps, and totaling 37 yards on eight touches, rookie Kerryon Johnson needs to be more of a focal point of Detroit’s offensive game plan on Sunday.

With veteran T.J. Lang looking less and less likely to play after missing his second straight practice on Thursday with an ailing back, it’s going to be an even more difficult task to expect this Lions offensive line to keep Stafford clean—let alone upright—against this 49ers pass rush.

To take the pressure off of Stafford and the passing game, Jim Bob Cooter needs to get creative with his play calling, which admittedly might be a tall task for a guy who was apparently having his offense read like a copy of Cat in the Hat last Monday night.

And part of that creative has to stem from Kerryon Johnson, the player the Lions traded up in the second round to select in the 2018 NFL Draft.

From the eye test alone, it’s clear Johnson is the team’s most explosive running back, capable of working hard for yardage and making an impact in all phases of the game from the running back position. It’s up for Cooter and the Lions coaching staff to give him the platform to break out and keep this Lions offense moving, and the 49ers pass rush wearing itself out on the field.

Your turn.

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