RB Kevin Smith - Detroit Lions
|6-1, 217||Born: 12-17-1986||College: Central Florida||Drafted: Round 3|
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Week 8: at Atlanta Falcons
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Reggie Bush tweaked his ankle injury and had nagging issues with it during the contest against New Orleans - he wasn't 100% healthy so Joique Bell, back from the concussion protocols, carried most of the load (18/48/1 rushing with 2/19/0 receiving). Bush is expected to be available for this week's game in London, but stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for the latest on this developing situation. Bush's 4/10/0 rushing and 5/22/0 receiving wasn't much of a 'revenge' against the Saints, in any case. Bell has been the more reliably productive of these two 1A/1B backs so far this year (84/274/3 rushing with 24 targets for 13/115/0 receiving for Bell to date; 49/171/1 rushing with 34 targets for 25/160/0 receiving for Bush).
The Falcons' rush D is weak, ranking 27th in the NFL allowing an average of 137.7 rushing yards per game, with 13 rushing TDs (worst in the NFL) given out to date. Baltimore compiled 36/123/1 against this group last week; Chicago had 29/103/2 rushing two games back.
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