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RB Joique Bell - Detroit Lions

5-11, 220Born: 8-4-1986College: Wayne State (MI)Drafted: ---

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Bell suffered a concussion in the Week 4 game against the Jets, and may not play in Week 5. The Lions called up George Winn from the practice squad in anticipation of his possible absence. **UPDATE - Bell (concussion) missed his third straight practice of the week Friday, Oct. 3, although he was back on the field for the first time since suffering a concussion in Week 4.

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Bell didn't score this week, but he is still a clear lead back in a good offense heading into a Week 16 game against the sieve-like Bears defense.

Week 16: at Chicago Bears

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Joique Bell owned the Bears three weeks ago on Thanksgiving Day, with 23/91/2 rushing and 2/16/0 receiving to his credit. Bell also scored twice on Tampa Bay the next week (18/83/1 rushing with 5/50/1 receiving) before being held out of the end-zone by the Vikings last weekend (16/62/0 rushing with 4/41/0 receiving). He's come on strong during the playoff race. The Bears' rush D is ranked 15th in the NFL averaging 110.2 yards allowed per game, with 10 rushing scores surrendered to date. New Orleans posted 26/83/1 on this group last week; Dallas walloped them with 34/195/2 on the ground two weeks ago. Advantage, Detroit.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 at NE 19 48 0 2 1 -2 0 0
13 vs CHI 23 91 2 2 2 16 0 0
14 vs TB 18 83 1 5 5 50 1 0
15 vs MIN 15 62 0 6 4 41 0 0
16 at CHI PROJ-Dodds 16 * * 4 * * *
16 at CHI PROJ-Tremblay 17 * * 4 * * *
16 at CHI PROJ-Bloom 18 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs CHI (23 / 91 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Despite the two rushing touchdowns, Joique Bell struggled to gain a rhythm on the ground in the home win against the Bears. Reggie Bush was out of the lineup yet again and Bell was the clear lead back, getting all 23 running back carries for the game. Most of the first half was a series of clogged carries at the line of scrimmage and penetration from the Chicago defensive front. A well-blocked goal line carry for a touchdown was called back by holding, but Bell converted on the same drive with an over-the-top Walter Payton-like fourth down carry for the score. After converting another goal line opportunity, this time off-tackle, in the second half, Bell eventually wore down the defense late in the game. As Detroit ran out the clock, Bell was at his best, churning out a 22-yard run and another for 10-plus with strong stiff arms.

2014 Week 14 vs TB (18 / 83 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 50 / 1 rec)

Reggie Bush was back for the first time in a month, but that had no effect on Joique Bell's workload and role in the offense. Bell saw at least 20 touches for the third straight game. The first half was tough sledding for Bell as he was stuffed on a fourth-and-one carry in addition to Tampa Bay's active front seven consistently stacking up the line of scrimmage. Bell saw three straight carries inside the 10-yard-line. He converted the final carry of that string into a touchdown with strong leg drive as he was nearly down. Lavonte David missed a significant portion of the second half and his absence was exploited by the Detroit run game. Bell ripped off a 25-yard gain with a screen pass plus worked through half the defense on a 57-yard jaunt as Detroit pulled away. Finally, Bell had a Johnny-on-the-spot receiving touchdown to seal the win in the closing minutes. A goal line slant intended for Calvin Johnson was tipped into the air at the line of scrimmage. Bell grabbed the deflection and ran it in from five yards out; Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. In addition to that luck, Bell ground down the Buccaneers defense in the second half and enjoyed his most complete game of the season

2014 Week 15 vs MIN (15 / 62 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)

Even with a healthy Reggie Bush, Joique Bell was the clear-cut main ball-carrier for the Lions in the win over the Vikings. Bell surpassed 100 total yards for the third straight game and fourth time in the last five weeks. Bell's vision fueled his rushing yardage as two carries featuring cutback lanes totaled nearly 30 yards on the ground. He churned out yards after contact in the fourth quarter as Detroit wore down the Vikings defense. In the passing game, Bell had a highlight-worthy one-handed grab as he converted third-and-long in the second half, but also dropped a potential touchdown in the passing game late in the second quarter. On a circle route, Bell had separation in the red zone up the middle prior to his dropped pass. Also, Brandon Pettigrew drew a holding penalty on a 30-yard screen pass romp by Bell early in the game.


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