Top 5 Rushing Matchups Week 12

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Top 5 Rushing Matchups for Week 12


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Detroit vs Houston

The Lions, hammered hard by injuries throughout the offense, still don’t know for sure what their Thanksgiving backfield will look like. If dynamic rookie D'Andre Swift clears the concussion protocol in time, he’ll lead the way. He took on 63% of the team carries in the two games prior to the injury, and neither Kerryon Johnson nor Adrian Peterson seems to offer much. Swift has responded well to the workload, turning 29 rushes into 145 yards over those two weeks. He’s more explosive than the others, and more capable of producing in spite of the Lions’ mediocre front line play.

The Texans, by just about every measure, have fielded 2020’s most burnable run defense. Saddled with an ineffective rotation up front, and often working against a negative game flow, they’ve given up more yardage per game (159) and per rush (5.1) than anyone. Beyond J.J. Watt, the Texans simply don’t boast much run-tracking talent in the front seven. Middle linebacker Zach Cunningham racks up hefty tackle numbers but is often exposed when forced to pursue. And virtually everyone has cracked the code - 9 opposing runners have topped 70 yards, with 6 of them cruising past 100. Lacking a true nose up front as well, this unit routinely leaves wide gaps all over the formation. If Swift is able to suit up, he’ll fit the profile of quick-footed backs to find success running through them. Only two teams have allowed more breakaway runs (15+ yards) than this group.

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