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Lions Must Bench Adrian Peterson

David Kaestle
The Detroit Lions need to bench Adrian Peterson.
The Detroit Lions need to bench Adrian Peterson. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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The fact that Adrian Peterson is still able to play running back in the NFL at his age is an impressive feat. However, when it comes to his starting spot on the Detroit Lions, it might be time for them to pass the torch.

When the Lions spent a second-round pick in April's draft on Georgia running back D'Andre Swift, most people knew he was taken to be the lead back of the future. That made it surprising when the Lions signed Peterson shortly before the season, and even more surprising when they used Peterson as their lead back.

Well, after the Lions' Week 6 game, where Swift had a monster outing and Peterson disappointed again, it seems like it's time for Swift to formally take over the starting job.

Swift had a 166 yards on the ground on just 14 carries, adding in 2 touchdowns. Peterson, on the other hand, had a similar 15 carries, but only managed to turn that into 40 yards. Swift also seems to be the favorable option in the passing game, even prior to Week 6. On the season, Swift leads the team in targets among running backs with 20, Jamal Agnew is second with 8. Peterson comes in at third with 7 targets.

So while it was thought to be a three-man backfield heading into the season with Peterson, Swift and Kerryon Johnson, Swift has clearly risen to the top as the best option available, in both the rushing and passing game. Handing him the keys to that backfield should cause little debate at this point.


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