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Thursday open thread: Will the Lions finally get the rushing attack going vs. Chiefs?

Is this the week the Lions finally get running?

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The Detroit Lions rushing attack has been suboptimal, to say the least. Through the first three games last season, the Lions had just under 300 yards rushing and averaged 4.48 yards per carry.

This season, however, they’ve collectively dropped nearly a yard per rush attempt – averaging just 3.4 yards per carry. Kerryon Johnson has seen an even steeper decline this season, dropping from 5.4 yards per carry to 2.6.

That drop may not all be the Lions’ fault, however. According to NFL Next Gen stats, Johnson has faced 8+ man boxes on 45.83 percent of his carries and is only behind Frank Gore in that category.

So, today’s question of the day is:

Can the Lions finally get the rushing attack going?

My answer: Yes

While the Chiefs have almost no noticeable flaws on offense, their defense can be exploited. Through three weeks opponents have run for 413 yards and averaged 6.2 yards per carry against the Chiefs defense. That number puts the Chiefs dead-last in the NFL.

The Lions will look to use the run game to control the clock and keep that prolific Chief’s offense off the field. I think this is the perfect game to get the ground attack going.

What do you think?

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