Nov 11, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure (25) rushes against the Minnesota Vikings on a 2 yard gain in the second quarter at the Metrodome. The Vikings win 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

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Another ‘Optimus Prime’ thinks he can stand up to Lions’ Calvin Johnson
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

Another week, another Optimus Prime.

Packers cornerback Tramon Williams told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this week he plans to be Megatron’s villain, becoming the second cornerback this season to make the claim (Seattle’s Richard Sherman was the first). Several gave the nickname to Chicago’s Charles Tillman after their Week 7 matchup, too.

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who has 19 catches for 336 yards the past two weeks and leads the NFL with 974 receiving yards, doesn’t mind Williams’ confidence.

“It doesn’t do anything for me. It really doesn’t,” he said.

O’Hara’s Friday Focus: Sunday’s game begins a last-gasp attempt to salvage the season
Mike O’Hara –

This week’s Friday Focus looks at a position change for the Packer with a Detroit-area background, a key matchup that involves that change, whether Matthew Stafford throwing to Johnson can carry the offense, and injury issues that have affected both teams.

Lions’ run game lacking ‘explosive’ plays, getting little respect
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

The Lions are the only NFL team without a run of at least 20 yards this year, and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said that might have something to do with how defenses are playing Calvin Johnson.

Leshoure taking hold of running game
Alex Marvez –

After missing his rookie season because of a torn Achilles tendon, Leshoure has rebounded to become the team’s leading rusher entering the FOX America’s Game of the Week against visiting Green Bay (1 p.m. ET Sunday).

“I’m finally starting to get my legs back,” said Leshoure, who has 418 yards and four touchdowns on his 105 carries. “I was out a year, and I felt it. I feel good and healthy, but I definitely had to get back in the swing of things and get my rhythm back.”

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