Detroit Lions: 10 observations from Sunday’s loss to Colts

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)
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D'Andre Swift, Detroit Lions
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7. Bevell isn’t ready to let D’Andre Swift be the guy

After a breakout game against Jacksonville, it looked like D’Andre Swift was going to supplant Adrian Peterson as the unquestioned number one back.

Despite developing into something of a touchdown machine for the Lions, Bevell continues to stubbornly trot the aging Adrian Peterson out in the starting lineup and stubbornly jam him up the middle on run plays from no place to nowhere at the beginning of each game.

Swift isn’t always helping his cause in his limited touches (27 running yards and 3.0 ypc a week ago, just one yard on six carries vs the Colts), but Peterson has regressed each and every week to the point of total ineffectiveness.

He average 1.4 yards on five carries on Sunday, and his only reception was a piddling five yard screen on a well-designed and well-blocked play, one that he probably takes to the house a decade ago.

The Lions’ run game has totaled just 93 yards over two games. Jamal Agnew and Matthew Stafford were the team’s leading rushers vs the Colts.

At this point, why not dedicate to getting Swift twenty touches (they don’t even have to all be runs) and see what happens?