3 bold predictions for the Detroit Lions vs. the Carolina Panthers in Week 16
2. D’Andre Swift finishes with 100-plus total yards
In two of the past three games, Swift has had at least 75 total yards with at least six targets and 13 touches. He’s not on the injury report this week, which bodes well for his involvement on Saturday if history this season is any indication.
In Week 15, he had eight carries, nine targets and 75 total yards against a tough New York Jets’ defense to keep the positive context of not showing up on the injury report during the week.
Carolina has the league’s 22nd-ranked run defense so far this season (130.7 yards allowed per game), and they’ve allowed 16 rushing touchdowns. They haven’t allowed a lot to running backs in the passing game, but they’re also toward the bottom in targets allowed to the position (73; 5.2 per game).
Swift adds an element to the Lions offense no one else does, and Jamaal Williams has fallen off some lately. Swift feels lined up to lead the backfield in touches, with production to follow in a decent matchup.