J.D. McKissic – Detroit Lions (vs. Dallas Cowboys)
The Lions are running out of viable ballcarriers.
When Kerryon Johnson landed on the IR a few weeks ago, there seemed to be a couple of options to carry the load. However, the injuries have just kept piling up as Tra Carson is unlikely to suit up against the Cowboys and Ty Johnson has only passed concussion protocol today. It also wouldn’t be surprising if Matthew Stafford misses this contest. It seems like the go-to guy out of the backfield will be McKissic in week 11.
McKissic led the team in rushing attempts and hauled in six receptions last week. I’d expect a lot of check down passes from Driskell as the Lions try to keep up against Dallas’ offense. This should bode well for McKissic as the Cowboys have struggled with receiving backs all season. If he can build on his six receptions from last week, then he could put up a double-digit game on Sunday.
Adrian Peterson & Derrius Guice (vs. New York Jets)
This one is kind of a combo. I think the Washington backfield as a whole could have a big game this Sunday.
The Jets have been vulnerable against the run at times this season. As Washington turns to Dwayne Haskins for the rest of the season, it wouldn’t be surprising if they leaned on their running game.
While I think both backs could have a productive week, I’d side with Peterson if I had to choose just one. He has settled in nicely following the departure of Jay Gruden. It seems as though Peterson and Interim Head Coach Bill Callahan are on the same page as Peterson has totaled over 233 total yards over the last two weeks. Assuming he gets ample carries, there is no reason to believe his recent success won’t continue.
There are simply more question marks with Guice. It will be interesting to see if he is given a full workload right off the bat. While it doesn’t seem likely, he has been touted as the eventual future back and it’s no secret that Washington is now putting an emphasis on their young guns. If Peterson and Guice have relatively even carriers, then Guice has the higher ceiling in this one.
In a perfect world, both backs should get 12-14 carries meaning that the whoever can find the endzone (a recent problem for the Redskins) could finish with a double-digit outing.