The Detroit Lions went back to work this afternoon in preparation for the Redskins at Ford Field this Sunday.
After limiting Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson to 92 rushing yards in last weekends contest, the Lions defense will have another tough back to face in Pro Bowler Clinton Portis who carried the ball 342 times for 1,487 yards last season, finishing third amongst NFL rushers.
Head Coach Jim Schwartz: “They’re running a lot of the zone stretch stuff. It’s more of a one cut style. Adrian Peterson has the strength to go blast it inside (and) he’s got the speed to go outside. Clinton Portis is the classic one cut running back. He’s got great vision. He’s got great open field ability to run the screen. They run a lot of screens to him. He rushed almost 1,500 yards last year on a team that ran the ball very well. That’s because what they do fits him as a runner.”
The Lions offense will also have a challenge ahead of them with defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth in the middle.
Haynesworth, who posted 75 tackles and 8.5 sacks (52.5 yards) in 2008, spent the previous seven seasons of his career in Tennesse under Schwartz.
Haynesworth: “I just like him (Schwartz) as a person. He’s a good dude. You can joke with him. You can have fun with him, and then he’s serious. He knows the game and if he’s going to be your head coach, and he coaches the same way when he was a d-coordinator, you should expect good things out of Detroit.”
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