Heading into tomorrow's game against Detroit, the Cardinals will try to keep their rushing attack going as their main weapon. It worked wonders at Lambeau Field as Arizona rushed for a season-high 182 yards. Detroit's rush defense ranks in the middle of the pack, allowing 119.8 yards per game.
Look for more of a two-back formation this week with David Johnson
and rookie Chase Edmonds
It's something new coordinator Byron Leftwich
has been promising.
Johnson has just started to regain his touch and his explosiveness with more and more games working alongside Leftwich.
Edmonds is coming off his best game as a pro, rushing five times for 53 yards and two touchdowns - his first two of the season. Edmonds, a rookie out of Fordham, also caught two passes for 13 yards in Arizona's 20-17 victory at Green Bay.
"It feels great, man," he said. "Just to be able to walk out on the big stadium, a player like me from Fordham where we had like 4,000 people at our games, I was just going out there wishing, someday praying, that I could be on that big stage. And here I am there now."
So should Johnson owners be worried about Edmonds?
According to ESPN's Mike Clay, the answer is no. Clay went on to stress that Edmonds registered five carries and a pair of targets on only 11 snaps.
Johnson racked up 20 carries and two targets on 48 snaps. Johnson remains the workhorse back and a fringe RB1.
Meanwhile, as the Sports Xchange notes, the Lions have made major improvements to their run defense over the past month, but they've still had their share of struggles against top running backs this year. Ezekiel Elliott
had 240 yards from scrimmage in September and Todd Gurley
ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns last week.
Johnson isn't quite in that class
of back, but he's an excellent all-around player who can hurt teams both rushing and receiving. ...
Also of interest. ... With rookie wide receiver Christian Kirk
on injured reserve, expect to see more targets for veteran Larry Fitzgerald
, but someone else has to be able to step up among the wideouts from a group that includes J.J. Nelson
and rookies Trent Sherfield
and Jalen Tolliver.
In addition, receiver Chad Williams
, who has missed the past four games with an ankle injury, should be able to return to the lineup this week, according to head coach Steve Wilks.