What a difference a week makes.
After the Detroit Lions’ dominant performance versus the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6, we’re left with more questions than answers, but the prevailing question is a loaded one: Are the Lions turning a corner... or were the Jaguars just that bad?
‘Tis the season to turn over a new leaf, but the results from last week are inconclusive at best. There needs to be more evidence to show this Lions team is actually headed in the right direction, but is this week going to be of any further help? A date with the 1-5 Atlanta Falcons doesn’t seem like the kind of matchup that’s going to turn the disenchanted into believers even should the Lions capture a victory in Week 7.
However, for as many questions still surround this team, Week 6 was good for at least one revelation, and it’s the answer to today’s question of the day...
Who should lead the Lions offense in touches for Week 7?
It’s pretty clear who deserves to be the focal point of this Lions offense.
Although there’s a rocket scientist at the helm, it doesn’t take a genius to realize D’Andre Swift is the player the Lions need to feature heavily as part of their offensive gameplan this week against the Falcons.
“But the Falcons have a terrible pass defense—it’s ranked 30th in DVOA! The Lions should be airing it out to the likes of Kenny Golladay and T.J. Hockenson!”
Okay, totally valid point. Wide receivers have torched the Falcons since the start of the season. The likes of D.K. Metcalf, CeeDee Lamb, and Justin Jefferson have all had huge performances against the Falcons this season, but Atlanta’s defense has also been susceptible to dual-threat running backs as well.
Chris Carson hauled in six passes for 45 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1 against Atlanta. In their Week 4 matchup against the Green Bay Packers, the two-pronged attack of Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams combined for 13 catches, 135 yards, and a touchdown versus the Falcons. Even Mike Davis of the Carolina Panthers had nine catches for 60 yards and a touchdown when Carolina ousted Atlanta in their Week 5 contest.
This should be an opportunity for the Lions to heavily feature Swift, but not just as a runner—where he certainly proved to be effective against Jacksonville last week. Swift’s pass-catching ability is something he was highly touted for out of Georgia, but just hasn’t been showcased much through the first quarter of the season here in Detroit. Our own Andrew Kato highlighted just how effective Swift can be as a receiver out of the backfield, especially on the “Texas” route.