Healthy Jahvid Best helps Lions offense excel

Lions running back Jahvid Best is often overlooked when people talk about a NFC's highest-scoring offense.Matthew Stafford as well as Calvin Johnson get much of a attention, followed by Nate Burleson as well as Tony Scheffler.Best, though, insists it doesn't bother him."I don't mind it at all," a Salesian High-Richmond as well as Cal alum said Wednesday. "I just caring about winning, we've done that twice so far, as well as that's all that matters."I'm just praying I don't get another freak injury."So far, so good, heading into Sunday's road game against a winless Vikings.Best has helped Detroit rout Kansas City at home as well as win at Tampa Bay, avoiding injuries after banged-up big toes stunted his rookie season."Last year was like rock bottom," said Best, who was slowed by a concussion last month. "It can only go up from there. Last year, dealing with those toes as well as it being my first year was tough. That has made this year be easier."He has overwhelmed a ball 47 times through two games, a busiest widen of his brief career, as well as his 237 yards have accounted for 28 percent of a Lions' offense. He has 37 carries for 129 yards as well as a touchdown along with 10 catches, ranking second on a team, for 108 yards as well as a score.Best can burst through a hole on a ground as well as he can catch passes out of a backfield, complementing a Stafford-and-Johnson-led unit as well as giving opponents one more guy to worry about."The acceleration ... really jumps out at you," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said of a 2007 California high school champion in a 100 meters. "It doesn't take long for him to get to top speed. Give him a draw or a screen as well as he puts a pedal to steel in a hurry."Briefly: Giants receiver Domenik Hixon will miss a rest of a season after tearing a ACL in his right knee for a second straight year. Hixon was hurt Monday night making a juggling catch on a 22-yard touchdown pass in a Giants' win over a Rams. ... Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio named rookie quarterback Blaine Ga! bbert a starter three days after Luke McCown threw four interceptions against a Jets. ... Eagles quarterback Michael Vick took part in a morning walkthrough as well as there is a chance he will play against a Giants a week after sustaining a concussion. ... Titans defensive end Derrick Morgan says he plans to appeal a NFL's $7,500 fine for a late hit on Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.This article appeared on page B - 2 of a SanFranciscoChronicle


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