The Detroit Lions have a problem with their backfield that most teams in the NFL would like to face on a weekly basis. They have superstar Reggie Bush as the primary ball-carrier, but they also feature Joique Bell on the roster, someone who has been able to produce on a steady basis when given the chance.
Bell’s importance to the team was shown once again in the Thanksgiving win against the Green Bay Packers, where he was a threat both rushing and through the air. Bell finished the game with 94 rushing yards on 19 carries and 34 more after catching three passes. Bell also scored a rushing TD, the second time he has found the end zone in the last three weeks.
Due to his solid outings and the issues that Bush has had fumbling the ball, Bell should see a more prominent role in the Lions’ offensive game going forward.
Despite being a pass-first team thanks to the presence of QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson, the Lions have proved all season long that they can do damage when rushing the ball. Both Bell and Bush have been producing steadily, but they are also weapons through the air, something that benefits the offensive scheme implemented by head coach James Schwartz.
Bush has struggled in recent weeks with two fumbles in the last two games, and while he will remain as the primary option in the backfield, Bell should see more touches going forward. He has shown an ability to produce when given the chance, and an extended role will only benefit the Lions in their chase for a playoff spot.