Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/23/12
It's just the running game... That has become the excuse of late. People keep pointing to the Giants, Packers and the Patriots last year saying that the days of needing a running game are over. All you need is that elite quarterback and you're set. While to some extent this is true, really, they aren't the standard for offense. The standard last year was the New Orleans Saints. No one ever found a way to stop that offense. In fact, had it not been for an amazing disappearing act on the part of the defense at San Francisco, it's doubtful they would have lost the NFC Championship or the Super Bowl. That is the standard. That is what the Lions are shooting for. The passing game is right there. Now the Lions need the running game to step up. The Lions have three horses in the stable. Mikel Leshoure was sidelined with an Achilles injury last year. Jahvid Best once again had concussion issues. Kevin Smith suffered from the same recurring leg injuries that have plagued his career. So ...
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