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Thursday open thread: Which player needs a big game for the Lions’ to win against the Packers?

Who needs to step up?

NFL: SEP 29 Chiefs at Lions Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Make no mistake about it, this week’s matchup against the Green Bay Packers is a big one. And considering it’s the Lions’ first divisional game of the year, it might be their biggest game so far.

A win at Lambeau Field on Monday night in front of a national audience would go a long way toward changing the narrative. If the Lions are going to be contenders this year, this is the type of game they need to show up big in and win.

The loss to the Chiefs taught us that there is no such thing as a moral victory. The Lions need to win this game on Monday night.

So, today’s question of the day is:

Which player needs a big game for the Lions’ to win against the Packers?

My answer: Kerryon Johnson

Johnson was finally able to get the run game against the Chiefs—125 yards on 26 attempts. And luckily for him, the Packers haven’t been very good against the run this year either.

Through the first five weeks the Packers have given up the third-most yards per attempt on the ground (5.2), the seventh most yards (691) and the fifth most rushing touchdowns (six).

The Lions’ best defense against the Packers will be a good run game, and that starts with Kerryon Johnson.

What do you think?

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