RB Montell Owens - Detroit Lions
|5-10, 219||Born: 5-4-1984||College: Maine||Drafted: ---|
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Week 15: vs Chicago Bears
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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Lions backfield is in shambles this season as they have not been able to get any resemblance of a rushing game together, ranking dead last in the league with 76.3 rushing yards per game and only 3.3 yards per rush attempt. Ameer Abdullah was the lead back for most of the season, but after missing Week 13 with a neck injury, Abdullah was benched last week despite being medically cleared to play. Theo Riddick saw 77% of the offensive snaps and led the team in carries with 10, but he is simply not built to be a lead back as he averaged just 2.9 yards per attempt despite scoring a couple touchdowns. Riddick did have one impressive 18-yard touchdown run, but that was all he impressed with as his other nine rushes all went for five or fewer yards with three of those accounting for negative yardage. This was the first time Riddick had reached double-digit carries in a game this season, but don't expect that trend to continue as he is not suited lead-back duties. There was a lot of buzz about rookie Tion Green coming into the game last week, but he disappointed with just five carries for 15 yards as Green saw only 21% of the snaps.
The Bears run defense looked OK on paper last week with just 70 rushing yards allowed, but the game script really kept that total down as the Bengals had only 13 rushing attempts. This unit has been much better at limiting the scoring of opposing running backs in recent weeks as they have allowed just three rushing touchdowns to running backs since Week 6 compared to giving up five in their first five games. Over the past four weeks, the Bears have actually allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs due primarily to the fact that they haven't given up a rushing touchdown over that span. One of those games, however, was against this horrible Lions backfield in which they limited Lions running backs to just 57 rushing yards. There is no reason to expect an improved performance this week as the Lions backfield has actually gotten worse since then.
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