3 Detroit Lions game balls for Week 17 against the Chicago Bears
2. RB D’Andre Swift
As the Lions set a Ford Field record with 265 rushing yards on Sunday, and had the most rushing yards they’ve had in a home game since 1978 at the Pontiac Silverdome, Jamaal Williams (22 carries for 144 yards and a touchdown) merits prominent mention. But Swift gets the nod by himself here.
Swift ran for a career-high 144 yards in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. But he also suffered an ankle injury in that game, eventually missing a few games as he added shoulder issue in Week 3. Since his return to action, it was a mix being on the injury report and barely used, apparently healthy but often barely used and a trouble lack of vision and aggression as a runner.
Against the Bears, Swift had 117 total yards (78 rushing) on 15 touches (four catches) with touchdowns rushing (17 yards) and receiving (21 yards). He looked fresh, fast and decisive with the ball in his hands, and after the game head coach Dan Campbell described it like only he can.
"Swifty came to life,” Campbell said. “That’s like being out in the desert with nothing to drink and there’s that water. It was great to see him just feeling it.”"
This version of Swift has not been seen enough this season, whatever the reasons. It was likely too late for most of his fantasy football managers, but a notable game nonetheless and he gets a game ball for Week 17.