The Detroit Lions managed to play a great Dallas Cowboys team close despite being without quarterback Matthew Stafford, but they fell just short and drop to 3-6-1 after a 35-27 loss. Here are a few takeaways from an e
Bo Scarbrough impresses in debut
Running back Bo Scarbrough has waited a long time to get his NFL opportunity. The Alabama product is in his second NFL season, but was yet to feature in a game until this week against the Cowboys—the team that drafted him in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He made the most of his opportunity in this one.
The recently promoted running back carried the ball 14 times for 56 yards in Week 11. While those are not particularly great numbers, the 4.0 yards per carry is a good mark for the type of run blocking the team has had this year. He showed his strength and ability to keep his feet churning, and the Lions may have finally found their bell-cow back going forward without Kerryon Johnson.
Scarbrough should get more opportunities to prove himself over the course of the season. If he does well enough, he could earn a role on the team heading into next year. A player on the fringes of the NFL may have earned himself a spot in the league.
Quiet day from the stars
Detroit played very conservatively this week, and that becomes apparent on the box score. None of the teams receivers hit the 50 yard mark on the day. Kenny Golladay—who had been on an absolute tear this season—did not catch a pass until the fourth quarter. The entire wide receivers group accounted for 10 total receptions.
The Lions clearly wanted to play a run-first, possession offense—which makes sense when you are without your starting quarterback. Scarbrough and Jeff Driskel combined for 22 rushing attempts for 107 yards and two scores on the ground. This was a neutered Lions offense against the Cowboys, but they still managed to make it a competitive game.
The injury bug is back
Injuries decimated Detroit in Week 11. It felt like every other play there was another Lion on the ground, writhing in pain. Fullback Nick Bawden and safety Tracy Walker missed much of the game due to injuries they suffered early on. Jamal Agnew left with an ankle injury after a kickoff return. Star pass rusher Trey Flowers and fellow defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson left the game as well.
While the season is all but over for Detroit, these injuries piling up can be scary going forward. The team will hope no one suffers any serious enough injuries for them to bleed into next year. If anything, an argument can be made to limit the snaps of some veterans going forward in order to keep them healthy in 2020.