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Saturday open thread: Who’s the best breakout candidate for the Lions on Monday Night Football?

Will a star be born?

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Jahvid Best... sigh. You can’t think of the former Lions running back without thinking of two things. The first thought unfortunately is usually his myriad of concussions which cut a very promising career short. The very next thought might be his epic-88 yard touchdown run on “Monday Night Football” versus the Bears. It was a nearly perfect night on October 10, 2011. The Lions improved their record to 5-0. Calvin Johnson caught what seemed like his 100th touchdown of the season, and Best gave the national audience a nice introduction with the huge run.

As we look ahead to our upcoming NFC North bout vs. the Packers, we can only hope the Lions have another night similar to a rout of the Bears in 2011. Additionally, Detroit has a number of younger players who we appreciate but perhaps they are not as known nationally, similar to Jahvid Best at the time. Our Question of the Day looks to who is most likely to put a stamp on the league with a breakout game.

My answer: Kerryon Johnson

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Johnson has already started Step 1 of his coming out party last year on “Sunday Night Football” vs. the Patriots. Not only did his individual performance wow all viewers, he also snapped the streak of the Lions being without a 100-yard rusher (70 games). He carried that momentum throughout the rest of the season, having several big games until his season was cut short after Week 11 with a knee injury.

Act 2 features a marquee division matchup where if Kerryon Johnson can have a dominant performance, he might start to be mentioned nationally as one of the best young RBs in the game. His victims from Wisconsin will be trying everything they can to be party poopers. The Packers are looking like one of the best teams in football and features a stout defense (9th overall in DVOA). Despite only ranking 28th against the run (DVOA), it’s their pass defense (5th) that has been their calling card thus far. It’s a perfect night for Patricia and company to try to neutralize Green Bay’s biggest threat on defense with a heaping dose of #33.

Do you agree? Or perhaps you have another candidate to have a breakout game vs. the Packers. Let’s hear what you got.

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