The absence of Reggie Bush was supposed to lead to an increased role for
Bell had 16 touches Sunday, a solid number, but below his total of 20 from each of the previous two games. The Lions only ran the ball 23 times Sunday, which explains why Bell's role was smaller. However, he was mostly a nonfactor in the receiving game, which allowed reserve
Riddick found the end zone for the second straight game, as he hauled in eight pass for 74 yards. He now has 149 yards on 13 receptions for two touchdowns over the last two games, after having no catches through six games to start the season.
After he hauled in 52 and 53 receptions in his first two seasons, we assumed Bell would once again figure heavily into the team's plans out of the backfield. However, he has caught more than two passes in a game just once this season, as the team has preferred to limit his role. He remains the primary running option and should be so moving forward. However, as long as Bush remains sidelined, Riddick is looking like a solid Fantasy player, especially in PPR formats.
Bell ripped a 9-yard run on the opening drive of the second half for his longest gain of the day. He took 14 handoffs for 39 yards, averaging 2.8 yards per attempt. The team relied on Theo Riddick out of the backfield to catch passes, and as a result, Bell was limited to two catches for 22 yards on three targets in a 22-21 victory.
The Lions are on a bye Week 9 before returning Week 10 at home against the Dolphins.
Bell carried the ball 18 times for the second straight game, and found the end zone yet again. He has two touchdowns over his last two games to go with 164 all-purpose yards, despite amassing just 3.4 yards per carry. At this point, it doesn't even matter how effective he is, Bell is still getting the job done for Fantasy owners based on volume alone.
The Lions' running game hasn't been great this season, but they have leaned pretty heavily on it nonetheless. If Bell keeps getting the carries, there is no reason to think he won't be a solid Fantasy option moving forward, but Bush's health may dictate that.
Bell caught two of his five targets for 19 yards and could have had a bigger day if not for a couple drops. Bell, who has three rushing scores this year, plays the Falcons in London in Week 8.
With Bush sidelined Sunday, the Lions rushed for 100 yards. Running back
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