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Schwartz praises Lions running game

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04:26 PM ET 11.06 | The Detroit Lions are 4-4 on the season, and though they're not where they wanted to be at this point, they have a lot of excuses they could make. They've had injuries, and have had a rather ??? weird running game, given the status of some of their players. Jahvid Best still hasn't returned from a concussion suffered last season and his future is still in question, while Mikel Leshoure missed some time because of a suspension. Still, even with those issues, the Lions running game is performing very well. Leshour has 375 yards on the season, while Joique Bell is rushing for a 4.4 yards-per-carry average, with 189 yards off of 43 attempts. Jim Schwartz called it as consistent and productive a rushing attack he's had since he took over as head coach. The coach also credited rookie Riley Reiff for his work as a blocker. Going forward, the Lions will use a combo of Leshoure and Bell, with the former getting the bulk of the work.

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November 6, 2012  04:48 PM ET

Okaaaay...nice "cut and paste" job SI....NEXT!

November 6, 2012  05:04 PM ET

What running game?

November 6, 2012  05:20 PM ET

VOTE!!

November 6, 2012  05:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

What running game?

Ponder running all over the place being chased by defenders!!!

November 6, 2012  05:52 PM ET

Actually, the jungle cats did pretty well running against the Jags. If they can beat J'ville, the pussycats can beat anyone--as long as the opposition doesn't show up.

November 6, 2012  06:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Actually, the jungle cats did pretty well running against the Jags. If they can beat J'ville, the pussycats can beat anyone--as long as the opposition doesn't show up.

But they have won three of their last four, and actually played the first half for once. Watch out :)

November 6, 2012  06:43 PM ET

I could say something about the Lions telling their RBs that the football has a stash inside, and the defenders are undercover cops, but it may be time to let up on the Lions a bit. They haven't mugged anyone on or off the field lately, so let's focus on the positive. I hope they continue to play well. It would be nice to see a good team in Detroit again.

November 6, 2012  06:54 PM ET

May the Schwartz be with you...

November 6, 2012  06:55 PM ET

Didn't they used to have a passing game?

November 6, 2012  08:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Didn't they used to have a passing game?

GGGGGGGGGGMen!! Jets!

November 6, 2012  08:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

May the Schwartz be with you...

sIR mANGLER!! Creepys turn to gas or isnt? odd and even!!!

November 6, 2012  08:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Didn't they used to have a passing game?

Yes, when Bobby Layne was QB.

November 6, 2012  08:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

GGGGGGGGGGMen!! Jets!

One good team and one sucky team.

November 6, 2012  08:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

One good team and one sucky team.

Soldier youre correct!! at ease!!!

November 6, 2012  09:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Soldier youre correct!! at ease!!!

I can't, my wife sprayed too much starch on my boxer shorts.

November 6, 2012  11:31 PM ET

4 more years!!!

November 7, 2012  07:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

What running game?

Mikel Leshoure... Damn dude had around 25 fantasy points sunday...

Wrecked my squad single-handedly.

November 7, 2012  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

What running game?

Exactly

November 7, 2012  09:45 AM ET

Same ol' crap. Lose to a strong opponent and you suck. Then a week later you beat up on a bad team and you're "back." Meh.

 
November 7, 2012  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Same ol' crap. Lose to a strong opponent and you suck. Then a week later you beat up on a bad team and you're "back." Meh.

LOL...funny, but true.

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