What to Look For - Week 7: Bengals v Lions

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This is a big game for both teams. 5-2 vs 4-3. Sure, it is just one game, but it feels miles different. With the Ravens in Pittsburgh and the Browns in Green Bay, the Bengals have a very good chance of gaining another game on each. For the Lions, they look to keep pace with the Bears and Packers who both have favorable matchups against the Redskins and Browns respectively. Here’s what to look for on Sunday when the Bengals visit the Lions….

 

Oct 13, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) runs as Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) and inside linebacker D

 

When the Lions Run the Ball:

Reggie Bush has pretty good stats – averaging 4.8 ypc, is on pace for only his second 1,000 yard season of his career and has 637 all-purpose yards – and Joique Bell has filled in admirably in his absence. However, the Lions rushing game as a whole is only 21st in the NFL and is averaging a meager 95.4 ypg and when you get into the stats, Bush’s stats are misleading. 364 (or 57%) of his 637 yards, and 2 of his 3 TDS, have come in just 2 of his 5 games (40%).

Outside of those 2 games, Bush is averaging just 91 all-purpose ypg in the other 3 games, and exactly half of the 182 he is averaging in the other 2 games. To make matters worse, they are playing a Bengals team that is 11th in the NFL in run defense. Good run defenses usually shut down good rushing attacks. Good run defenses almost always shut down below average running attacks. I would expect Sunday to be no different.

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