FBG says: Neutral matchup. Mark Ingram started and led the committee early, and he didn't disappoint in his team debut, racking up 107 yards on 14 carries and scoring twice. Ingram ran with purpose and power, particularly on a bruising, 49-yard scamper on the game's first play. Gus Edwards sprinkled in liberally with power of his own, running 17 times for 56 yards, though most of his usage came late and well behind Ingram. It looks clear that, on most weeks, there will be plenty of volume and offensive support for any (or all) to post big weeks on the ground. The way this dominant front is opening holes, both are always on the brink of a huge gain and a solid RB2 fantasy day. Marshal Yanda leads a powerful group that's built to run-block, sometimes mauling at the point of attack and sometimes pulling to spring holes on the move. Quarterback Lamar Jackson and explosive rookie Justice Hill remain game-to-game wild cards, but both also carry the same week-winning upsides. Simply put: no fantasy backfield boasts a stronger blend of opportunity and efficiency than this one.
Just one year removed from being football's worst run defense, the Cardinals offered a glimmer of hope on Sunday. Despite facing electric young runner Kerryon Johnson, the longest gain they allowed all day was a 12-yard keeper by Matthew Stafford. All told, they held Lions running backs to just 90 yards over 28 attempts, thanks in large part to the aggressive play of linebackers Jordan Hicks and Terrell Suggs. Hicks recorded 14 total tackles, including 2 for losses, while Suggs chimed in a pair of lost-yardage stuffs of his own. Suggs has long been underrated as a run-game playmaker, and his presence could make a huge impact on the Cardinals. With nose tackle Corey Peters occupying blockers to keep them free, there's a reason to believe this unit won't be quite as terrible as last years unit