Skip to main content

Poll: Can the Lions Count on Kerryon Johnson against Carolina?

Read more on whether the Lions can count on Kerryon Johnson for consistent production against the Panthers

D'Andre Swift might not be the Lions' starter at running back Sunday against the Carolina Panthers

Not because of his performance last week against the Washington Football Team, a game in which he rushed a career-high 16 times for 81 yards and also recorded five receptions for a career-best 68 receiving yards and a score.

But, instead because of being in concussion protocol, which puts his availability for this weekend in jeopardy. 

In his place, it's expected that veteran Adrian Peterson will resume his role from earlier this season as the team's primary ball-carrier.

Swift's potential absence could also result in an uptick in carries for Kerryon Johnson, too. 

Johnson has been relegated to primarily a blocking-back role in 2020, due to Peterson's presence in the backfield and the emergence of the first-year pro in Swift.


Throughout nine games this season, the third-year back has rushed no more than eight times in a single game, and has also accumulated no more than 32 rushing yards -- both of which came back in Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers. 

Additionally, over the last three weeks, he's rushed a total of five times for 32 yards, including just one carry for three yards a week ago against Washington. 

It begs the question: Can the Lions count on Johnson for consistent production in their Week 11 tilt in Carolina? 

While I don't view Johnson as a highly reliable back, there is a chance for him to have a decent day on the ground because of what Carolina offers as a rush defense.

Going into this contest, the Panthers rank 20th in total rushing yards allowed (1,245), 27th in rushing touchdowns allowed (14) and 28th in yards per carry permitted (4.8). 

Also, Detroit's offensive line has done a solid job all season long of opening up holes for the team's running backs. 

Recommended Lions Articles


Are Detroit Lions Finally Ready to Overtake Green Bay Packers?

The Green Bay Packers have some serious work to do to address their current salary-cap situation.


Look: Matthew Stafford Fan Is Hyped during Rams' Final Drive

Matthew Stafford still has strong support from fans of the Detroit Lions.


Amon-Ra St. Brown: NFL Overtime Rules 'Have Got to Change'

The Buffalo Bills' offense did not have an opportunity to take the field in overtime against the Kansas City Chiefs.

All of the above factors present Johnson with an opportunity to produce a season-best day on the ground, and I think he will Sunday against the Panthers.

What do you guys think: Can the Lions count on Johnson to be productive this weekend? 

Vote and comment below.

Vote Here

More from SI All Lions:

5 Free Agents Lions Should Target in Offseason

Kelly Stafford Struggles Living in 'Dictatorship That We Call Michigan'

Everson Griffen Reveals Source of His Energy

4 Players That Must Step Up to Aid Matthew Stafford

Bevell: 'To Keep the Quarterback That Clean Was a Good Job'

Tests Reveal Matthew Stafford Has Partial Tear in Thumb Ligament

Get the latest Detroit Lions news by joining our community. Click "Follow" at the top right of our SI All Lions page. Mobile users click the notification bell. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @DetroitPodcast