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Top 5 Rushing Matchups Week 2
Green Bay vs Detroit
The Green Bay rushing offense got off to a rough start on the road against New Orleans in Week 1, where the game was out of hand early, creating minimal opportunities for the Green Bay running game. The offensive line is still dealing with big losses at left tackle with David Bakhtiari on IR, and losing right tackle Rick Wagner and Center Cory Linsley in the offseason. The Packers only ran 15 times for 43 yards, with second-year running back AJ Dillon leading the team in yards (19). There should not be a lot to read into about Dillon outproducing Aaron Jones, as the game got away from the Packers early, and Jones should be the lead back in normal game script. The Packers will be a solid home favorite against the Lions in what projects as a get-right game for the offense.
The Detroit Lions defense is coming off a game against the San Francisco 49ers which saw an Elijah Mitchell breakout after Raheem Mostert’s injury. The Lions gave up 131 yards on 28 carries and performed as a bottom-five run defensive unit in Week 1. Defensive lineman Michael Brockers was questionable heading into Week 1 but played and finished third on the team with five tackles. The biggest injury for the defense is in the secondary, with cornerback Jeff Okudah tearing his Achilles in Week 1 which will put even more pressure on the defensive line as the secondary will be a liability for the Lions in this game. There are still a number of questions facing the Lions particularly at the linebacker position as Jamie Collins Sr has struggled for the past few seasons, and Alex Anzalone has never been a top tackle guy, so consistent tackling is something that the Lions will need to develop quickly as a lot of pressure will be put on Collins to get back to his time in New England.
Arizona vs Minnesota
The Arizona Offense ran for 136 yards on 33 carries against the Tennessee Titans in a road win in Week 1. The offense saw a split between James Conner and Chase Edmonds. Conner led the team in carries (16 to 12) but it was Edmonds who led the backfield in rushing yards (63 to 53). Edmonds also handled the backfield’s passing game work where he caught four passes for 43 yards compared to no passing game work for Conner. Right tackle Kelvin Beachum left Week 1 with a rib injury that is expected to be day-to-day and is expected to play in Week 2.
The Minnesota defense gave up 149 yards on the ground to the Cincinnati Bengals, the seventh-highest of Week 1. While the overall yardage surrendered was high, the game went to overtime, and the Bengals ran the ball 36 times, the third-highest rushing attempts on the week. A big question for the Vikings will be the health of linebacker Anthony Barr who missed Week 1 with a knee injury. The defense made several penalties that kept them on the field and could have cut short Cincinnati’s possessions and ability to establish the run, a fixable problem that could help their defense in the coming weeks.
Baltimore vs Kansas City
The Baltimore Ravens ran for 189 yards on Monday Night Football against the Raiders in a loss. The running game was led by Lamar Jackson’s 86 rushing yards, with Latavius Murray leading the running backs in carries ahead of Ty'Son Williams (10 to 9). The volume did not tell the full story as Williams outrushed Murray (65 to 28) and played ahead of Murray early in the game. Both running backs ran for a touchdown on the ground, with Williams contributing the only running back production in the receiving game (3 receptions for 29 yards). The status of recent additions Devonta Freeman and Le'Veon Bell is a big source of uncertainty in the backfield.
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