It might have taken the Detroit Lions 70 games, but it took their promising second-round rookie running back only three.
It was Thanksgiving in 2013, exactly 70 games ago, when the Detroit Lions last had a player rush for at least 100 yards in a game. Reggie Bush tallied 117 yards on 20 carries as Detroit destroyed the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, 40-10.
Seventy games, the longest span in NFL history between 100-yard rushing performances for a team.
The previously winless Lions, then, did more than dominate the New England Patriots on Sunday night — they broke out of infamy, as rookie Kerryon Johnson finished with 16 carries for 101 yards.
Johnson looked fantastic, too, bursting in and out of the hole, darting laterally to the edges and picking up whatever he could through the large alleys afforded him — and then some — by a terrific O-line performance.
Will it earn Johnson a larger role in Detroit's offense? It certainly should, but let's take it one step at a time. Or at least 100 rushing yards at a time. Who knows, the Lions might even start a new streak next Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, who let Chris Carson go over the century mark rushing Sunday.