Detroit Lions: Will this dubious streak be snapped in 2018?
The Detroit Lions have several sour streaks that need to end starting in 2018. One NFL insider believes one of the most dubious of them all will.
Former running back Reggie Bush spent just two seasons of his 11-year career as a member of the Detroit Lions. Yet, his name has been mentioned countless times in the past few years, despite the fact he hasn’t played in the Motor City since 2014.
Why, you ask? It’s due to the fact Bush was the last running back to rush for over 100-yards in a single game for Detroit. That glorious day happened all the way back in Week 13 of the 2013 regular season.
In fact, Bush ran for three 100+ yard rushing games that season for Detroit. But those performances only led to a 7-9 season ending record and the firing of then-head coach Jim Schwartz.
The Lions have played a whopping 68-games without a single century rusher ever since.
Despite not have the support of a consistent rushing attack, the Lions have still found success as of late. In the past four seasons, Detroit has posted three winning records and two playoff berths.
This offseason, Detroit ousted head coach Jim Caldwell and hired New England Patroits defensive guru Matt Patricia. The Lions front office continued to build upon their offensive line while also signing veteran running back LeGarrette Blount and drafting Auburn rookie Kerryon Johnson to bolster their struggling running game.
When asked whether the Lions’ 68-game streak without a 100-yard rusher would end this upcoming season, one NFL insider believes it will.
"“If the Lions could settle on an early-down back like Kerryon Johnson or LeGarrette Blount, that streak should snap,” predicted NFL.com’s Adam Rank. “Although it will probably be something like Theo Riddick scoring on an 86-yard reverse, then getting 15 rando rushing yards elsewhere. But yes, it ends.”"
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Even though LeGarrette Blount owns three Super Bowl rings, the 31-year old only rushed for 100+ yards once all of last season as a member of the Champion Philadelphia Eagles. The Detroit Lions best bet for breaking the 68-game streak is likely Kerryon Johnson, who rushed for 1,391 yards and 18 touchdowns in 12 games for the Tigers last season.