FBG says: Neutral matchup. Since Detroit's bell-cow running back, Kerryon Johnson hit the Injured Reserve after knee surgery, the Lions' backfield has turned into a full-blown running-back-by-committee approach. Last week, against the Dallas Cowboys, Bo Scarbrough was promoted off of the Lions' practice squad and immediately led the team's backfield in both snaps and carries. Scarbrough's totals in both regards were unimpressive, however, playing just 49-percent of Detroit's offensive snaps, and carrying the ball 14 times for 55 yards on in Week 11. Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic handled the remaining snaps in the team's backfield, but they combined for just five carries on the day. On the season, Detroit's rush offense, running behind a mediocre offensive line, ranks 26th in the NFL, averaging only 3.8 yards per carry, and it is not trending in the right direction.
So far, in 2019, the Washington Redskins have faced the 2nd-most rush attempts of any team in the NFL, but they can hold their own in the trenches, as they rank 12th in the league allowing only 4.1 yards per carry. On the season, the Redskins have allowed just 1 100-yard rusher, while holding 3 other running backs that registered 20+ carries under the century mark on the ground. In the trenches, second-year defensive tackle and former first-round pick, DaRon Payne is a budding star defending the run. He graded as an above-average run-stopper in his rookie year last season, but he has taken his game to a new level in 2019, ranking amongst the league's best run-stopping interior defenders. Then, in the secondary, while safety Landon Collins has fallen short of expectations against the pass, but he has continued to be the top-tier run defender in Washington that he was in New York over the last four seasons. Collins ranks 7th in the league with 56 total tackles on the year, and his nose for the football is unmatched on the Redskins' defense. On the whole, Washington's defense has allowed the 7th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, but that is primarily a product of the extreme volume they have faced as a team constantly playing from behind. In Week 12, they should hold their own against a floundering Detroit Lions' rushing attack spearheaded by Bo Scarbrough, a player on his 4th team in 2 years, and only 14 NFL carries to his name.