One bright spot of the Detroit Lions in 2021 has been their running back tandem. Jamaal Williams is averaging a career-high 4.4 yards per carry, while D’Andre Swift has flashed in the running game and remains one of Detroit’s biggest threats in the passing attack.
On Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, Swift unleashed something we haven’t seen from him very often: aggression.
The 5-foot-9, 211-pound running back isn’t exactly known for his physical nature with the ball in his hands, as he typically wins with his short-area quickness and his explosive speed.
But in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game, Swift took a Jared Goff pass and scampered downfield for about 15 yards before Vikings cornerback Bashaud Breeland squared up. At that point, Swift lowered his shoulder, took the hit on fully, and just absolutely bowled over the Vikings defender, sending him backwards a good 5 yards.
If you need a reminder as to what it looked like, here’s a replay:
Here’s a look at that D’andre Swift truck stick:#Onepride pic.twitter.com/sIcxoGmYTU— Zach Payne (@Zachpayne41) October 10, 2021
The play set up a fourth-quarter field goal that would bring the Lions within one score late—and Swift would be the one who eventually scored that go-ahead touchdown.
NFL Network morning show “Good Morning Football” caught wind of this fantastic play from Swift and featured it on their weekly segment “Angry Runs.” Check it out:
"He saw another grown man and he ran him over so he gets the scepter."— GMFB (@gmfb) October 12, 2021
The #AngryRuns scepter is going to @Lions RB @DAndreSwift pic.twitter.com/eM7uZiBT2B
Swift ended up winning the award, which means he’ll be sent a scepter from analyst Kyle Brandt. Hopefully, we’ll see a video of him accepted the award next week.
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@MrJackFox pic.twitter.com/y293zU3X4U— Detroit Lions (@Lions) October 12, 2021
- A pair of mailbags from Lions beat writers. Kyle Meinke of MLive explains how the Lions are setting up Jared Goff to fail, while the Detroit News’ Justin Rogers talks about Tracy Walker’s future and the mood at Allen Park.
- Former Lions wide receiver Herman Moore has a nice breakdown of what went wrong on Detroit’s final defensive play of the game:
.@HMAN84 breaks down the 19-yard play on 2nd-and-4 with :22 left that put the Vikings in field goal range for the game-winner.— Lions Nation Unite™ (@LionsNationU) October 11, 2021
Watch that and the full Moore After The Game broadcast with @DetLionsPodcast: https://t.co/wfH3zDcwYZ#LionsNationUnite #LionsNationU #LNU #OnePride pic.twitter.com/v62xYJEHWj
- Nick Baumgardner of The Athletic has 11 thoughts after re-watching Lions vs. Vikings ($).
- Quintez Cephus left a message on Instagram for fans after suffering a broken collarbone on Sunday:
- Zack Moran of Lions Wire breaks down the best and worst Lions performances from Week 5 according to PFF grades.