RB Lamar Gordon - Detroit Lions

6-1, 214Born: 1-7-1980College: North Dakota StateDrafted: Round 3, pick

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Week 3: at Philadelphia Eagles

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FBG says: Bad matchup. The Detroit Lions cut backup running back C.J. Anderson this week in favor of former-New York Giants running back Paul Perkins. In weeks one and two, Anderson played 22 and 20 percent of offensive snaps, respectively. His departure will almost certainly lead to an uptick in snaps and touches for second-year running back Kerryon Johnson. Johnson posted an impressive 5.4 yards-per-carry on 118 carries throughout his rookie season. While his sophomore campaign has been far less awe-inspiring through just two games, Johnson clearly has the potential to emerge as a bell-cow running back in Matt Patricia's run-heavy offense. Detroit's offensive line entered the 2019 season ranked in the middle of the pack as a run-blocking unit. Two games into the season, the Lions have reaffirmed this assessment. While the Philadelphia Eagles have struggled against the pass to open the 2019 season, they sport one of the league's best run-defenses. The Eagles have allowed just 2.8 yards-per-carry through the first two games of the season, the 5th-best total in the NFL. Additionally, over the course of a full game, opponents have yet to top 57 rushing yards against Philadelphia this season. Individually, Brandon Graham has been playing out of his mind after receiving a well-deserved contract extension this offseason. In addition to Graham, the Philadelphia Eagles signed linebacker Zach Brown away from division-rivals, the Washington Redskins. Brown's run-stopping prowess and tackling ability in the open field have made an immediate impact on the field for Philadelphia, which has helped to mask the unexpected struggles of defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. Fletcher Cox's production levels through two games pale in comparison to what he has provided in recent years. A player of Cox's talent level can be relied upon to get these issues solved sooner rather than later, but it certainly does not hurt to have players like Zach Brown available to pick up the slack when necessary. Philadelphia's run defense is already a scary unit to face off with, and once Fletcher Cox returns to form, it will only get worse for opposing running backs.

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3@ Philadelphia Eagles
4vs Kansas City Chiefs
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6@ Green Bay Packers
7vs Minnesota Vikings
8vs New York Giants
9@ Oakland Raiders
10@ Chicago Bears
11vs Dallas Cowboys
12@ Washington Redskins
13vs Chicago Bears
14@ Minnesota Vikings
15vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16@ Denver Broncos
17vs Green Bay Packers