FBG says: Bad matchup. Since their number-one running back, Kerryon Johnson, made his way to the Injured Reserve earlier this season, the Detroit Lions have been in search of another running back to shoulder the load on the ground for them. It appears that Bo Scarbrough is that man after his last three outings. Although Scarbrough plays only about 50-percent of the team's offensive snaps, he has accounted for the hefty majority of the team's rushing attempts over this span, tallying 14, 18, and 21 carries across his 3 games, respectively. All three games have been losses, proving Scarbrough's workload to be somewhat-matchup-proof. However, his mediocre snap-share numbers limit his upside, as Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic frequently steal valuable red zone snaps from him. Overall, Scarbrough leads the Lions' mediocre rushing attack, as their offensive line grades as a perfectly average unit this season, supporting the 22nd-most efficient rushing attack in the NFL.
Minnesota's run defense is one of the toughest in the NFL to mount a strong rushing performance against, as they have allowed only 2 100-yard rushing days this season. Through the first 12 games of the season, the Vikings have allowed the 8th-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs in the NFL, and their impressive run-stopping personnel supports these numbers. Minnesota's defensive line features three above-average run stoppers, with Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter setting the edge and Linval Joseph clogging up the interior. Then, at linebacker, Eric Kendricks has grown into his role as one of the NFL's most well-rounded linebackers. Not only is Kendricks and elite pass-defender, but he also ranks 17th in the NFL with 59 total tackles to his name thus far in the season. Lastly, in the secondary, Anthony Harris has also emerged in recent seasons as one of the NFL's best safeties, both against the run and the pass. Harris has only missed two tackles this season, and his nose for the football is vital to his run-stuffing efforts from the defensive backfield. Overall, Bo Scarbrough and Detroit's committee of running backs are in for a long day at the office on the ground against Minnesota. Expect a low-volume and low-efficiency rushing day for the Lions' running backs here in Week 14.