Stat Line Of The Night — 11/20/11 — Kevin Smith
Since Jahvid Best went down with a concussion, the Detroit Lions have been searching for a running back to help revitalize their ground game. Their search may finally be over thanks to Kevin Smith.
After struggling through injuries and inconsistency throughout the first three seasons of his career, the Lions decided to let Smith walk during the offseason. But with Best out and back-up running back Maurice Morris struggling to carry the load, they decided to give Smith another shot, and it paid off yesterday afternoon in a big way. Smith carried the ball 16 times against the Carolina Panthers and recorded 140 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He also added four receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown through the air, as the Lions offense exploded during a 49-35 victory.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford also had himself quite the day, recording 335 yards and five touchdowns through the air, but it was Smith’s breakout performance that shocked everyone and earned him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, November 20, 2011.