For the second-straight week, it appears the Lions will avoid an opponents premiere running back and instead face the back-up.
Last week, Vikings All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson wasn’t able to play against the Lions because of a high ankle sprain. The Lions saw Toby Gerhart.
Gerhart still gained 90 yards on 19 carries, but he wasn’t the big-play threat that Peterson would have been.
The Lions defense could find itself in a similar situation on Sunday in Oakland.
Raiders running back Darren McFadden has missed the better part of the last seven games with a mid-foot sprain. He hasn’t practiced at all this week.
McFadden had 614 yards rushing at the time of the injury (5.4 average).
The Lions will likely see back-up Michael Bush.
Bush, a power back, has rushed for 716 yards and seven touchdown this season. But he isn’t the big-play threat McFadden is.
“He’s a different kind of back,” said Lions coach Jim Schwartz of Bush. “Bush is really, really big and strong, little different running style, but has had some good rushing games.
“They’re a good rushing team, you know, run downhill, powers, and leads, but he also has some stuff he can run on the outside. Bush is surprisingly effective in the pass game. He’s a good player; we’re certainly not going to go to sleep on him—he’s got a lot of good film.”
The Lions shouldn’t sleep on anyone. They rank 27th in the NFL against the run, allowing 136.1 yards per game on the ground.
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