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Notes: Matthew Stafford, D’Andre Swift among NFL’s most valuable players in Week 10

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NFL: Washington Football Team at Detroit Lions Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Plenty of attention has rightfully been given to the Detroit Lions’ defensive collapse on Sunday that allowed the Washington Football Team back in the game, but the Lions also made big positive strides offensively. Against a decent Washington defense, the Lions were able to put up 30 points and average an impressive 6.8 yards per play.

They were successful on that side of the ball because they finally embraced what I’m calling Swiftball. D’Andre Swift made his first NFL start on Sunday, and it not only showcased his talents, but it helped make his quarterback look a lot better after some shaky performances. By the time Week 10 was over, both Swift and Matthew Stafford proved to be two of the most valuable weapons across the NFL that Sunday.

Per Football Outsiders’ DYAR (Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement) metric, both Swift and Stafford were the second-most valuable players at their respective positions in Week 10. Stafford, who had the best passer rating of any quarterback last week, was especially proficient throwing to Swift and the Lions’ other running backs.

“Stafford led the NFL in DYAR on passes to receivers at or behind the line of scrimmage, completing nine of 10 such throws for 69 yards,” Football Outsiders’ Vincent Verhei wrote. “Only four of those throws went to running backs, but he was also best on passes to that position: he completed all six of his passes to Adrian Peterson and D’Andre Swift for 77 yards and a touchdown.”

As for Swift, he trailed only Colts running back Nyheim Hines as the most valuable runner of the week. Here’s what Verhei wrote about Swift’s performance against Washington.

Swift was stuffed four times, but he ran for five first downs, including gains of 11, 16, and 17 yards. Each of his receptions counted as a successful play and three went for first downs, including a 26-yard gain on second-and-20 and a 15-yard touchdown on third-and-6.

This is also a good reminder to go out and vote for Swift for Rookie of the Week.

  • Good guy, Adrian Peterson:

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