Power Ranking Detroit Lions Opponents: Running Back

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In 2014 the Detroit Lions had one of the best run stopping defenses of all time. In 2015 that defense will be put to quite the rigorous test.

When taking a look at the Detroit Lions schedule upon its release, the one thing that hit me immediately is that the Lions will get no quarter when it comes to their opponents running backs. Five of the thirteen running backs the Lions will face in 2015 are coming off seasons where they ran for 1,000 yards or more. Including last years leading rusher in Demarco Murray.

Sep 15, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Bears won 31-30. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The Lions will also see the return of a former NFL MVP, two 2015 first round picks, and a former teammate in 2015. Don’t forget the usual suspects in Eddie Lacy and Matt Forte. The Lions will also face two running backs that need to prove themselves in 2015.

With all that said, I believe the Lions are up for the challenge as they return most of their starters and most importantly, defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

Follow along as we take  look and power rank each running back the Lions will play in 2015.

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