For the first time in what feels like forever the Detroit Lions have a ground game worth talking about. The sad thing is second round pick Mikel Leshoure continues to not be a very big piece of that. However, with the free agent addition of Reggie Bush and the success of undrafted Joique Bell the pain of yet another wasted second round pick is a little easier to take. It is a little surprising that Leshoure was not trade at the trading deadline for whatever GM Martin Mayhew could get for him.
As a team the Lions have 785 rushing yards on 208 attempts. That means they are averaging 3.77 yards per rush. They have found the end zone 8 times on the ground. They have rushed for 51 first downs, but have 7 fumbles 3 of which have been lost. They average 98.1 yards rushing per game and that is just 20th in the NFL. However the Lions are 5-3 and that has to count for something.
The Lions have two main weapons on the ground; Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. They are both dual threats as both are very capable of catching balls in the air as well as rushing. On top of that Bell is a very capable pass blocker and is arguably the biggest talent find for the Lions in quite some time. Finding undrafted players who make a big impact on the game is a hallmark of good football organization and Bell is proving the Lions were right to give him a shot.
Bush has 518 yards on 119 carries. That is a 4.3 yards per carry and he adds 31 catches for 335 yards and a 10.8 yard per reception. He has only found the end zone twice but the Lions tend to get away from the ground game in the red zone, but that has changed some in recent weeks.
Bell has 246 yards on 62 carries for a 3.8 yards per carry average. He adds 27 catches for 296 for a 10.9 per catch average. He has also found the end zone 4 times.
The Lions running game earned an A grade at the quarter season mark and now that they are getting a nose for the end zone there seems little reason to lower that grade at the halfway point.