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Wednesday open thread: How many times will the Lions have a 100-yard rusher in 2018?

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Will the monkey finally come off the Lions’ back in 2018?

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I’m probably breaking news here, but the Detroit Lions have not had a 100-yard rusher in a single game since Thanksgiving in 2013, when Reggie Bush hit 117 yards against the Packers in a Detroit blowout 40-10.

Now that I’ve given you that stat that you are certainly hearing for the first time, it’s time to look forward to when that streak is finally going to end.

Interestingly enough, I asked that question right around this time last year. How many times will the Lions rush for 100+ yards during the 2017 season? Here were the results:

Yep. Only 26 brave souls said the correct answer: 0 games.

And while there was plenty of optimism about the running game and a healthy Ameer Abdullah last year, there is significantly more this year. Second-round pick Kerryon Johnson looked like the real deal when we briefly saw him in the preseason. First-round pick Frank Ragnow looks like he’s ready to throw some bodies around in the running game. And the Lions are actually starting the season with their starting five offensive linemen (relatively) healthy.

So I ask again:

How many games will the Lions have a 100-yard rusher in 2018?

My answer: This question is more difficult than in other years simply because it looks like the Lions are set up to have a running back by committee type of rushing attack. LeGarrette Blount will get his carries. Johnson will certainly get a bunch of touches. Even Theo Riddick is likely to get 2-5 carries a game.

But it’s going to happen this year. I guarantee it. And if I’m wrong, we’re going to highlight it next year and point to how gullible I was. Hell, I said Abdullah was going to hit the mark “at least three times” last year.

I’m not going to be quite as bold this year. I think Kerryon hits it twice in 2018.

Don’t make me look like an idiot again, Lions. Just get this stupid monkey off our back for good.

Your turn.

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How many times will the Lions have a 100-yard rusher in 2018?

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  • 13%
    0
    (128 votes)
  • 35%
    1-2
    (324 votes)
  • 33%
    3-4
    (308 votes)
  • 13%
    5-7
    (121 votes)
  • 2%
    8-10
    (20 votes)
  • 2%
    11+
    (23 votes)
924 votes total Vote Now