On Monday night in the NFL, the Detroit Lions traveled to face the New York Giants and came away with a 24-10 victory.
With the Lions’ 14-point win, the team now is 2-0 on the season. Helping the Lions collect their second victory was former Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah.
Abdullah, against the Giants, ran it 17 times for 81 yards, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. The former Cornhuskers back didn’t score but did help relieve quarterback Matthew Stafford from having to throw it 40 times and earned Jon Gruden’s “Gruden Grinder” award in the process:
— Phil Savage (@SeniorBowlPhil) September 19, 2017
One person on social media made an unfortunately funny and probably valid point regarding Abdullah’s performance:
Ameer Abdullah being named the Gruden Grinder is likely the best thing that has happened to Nebraska football in 2017.
— Walker Carey (@walkerRcarey) September 19, 2017
That being said, the Lions haven’t had a 100-yard rusher in a game since Reggie Bush did so three times in 2013. When you’re a Lions fan and you’re accustomed to having no running game whatsoever, having a ball carrier average more than 5 yards per carry probably makes it seem as though Barry Sanders is back in the backfield again.
During Abdullah’s time at Nebraska, he averaged 5.6 yards per carry, taking 813 attempts for 4,588 yards and 39 touchdowns in four seasons.