How do you guys think Kevin Jones will fair against the Chi town D?
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Kevin Jones is the only Detroit player I would want to start against Chicago, just like Clinton Portis was the only guy I wanted to start against him last week. You can run on Chicago just because their offense sucks and their D gets tired. And their players up front are more suited to the pass rush.
Chicago's D is full of playmakers though and their passing D is one of the best in the league. I fully expect Harrington to be picked multiple times, with a good chance that one of them goes for a touchdown.
Kevin Jones should be over a hundred yards rushing with a decent chance to score though.
I fully agree with Kensat. Portis got most of his yards later in the game and chicago D really started to look sloppy. and with detrioit posing a more formidable passing O, Jones should get many looks at the goal line.
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Detroit's offense is still struggling to find itself right now - and CHI has an elite D. Id say if Sledge was playing this week Id be much more inclined to say KJ is a lock for 100 yds - but Sledge isnt playing and frankly the WRs need to make teams respect them before KJ gets more open field to run. As it stands now Marriucci calls an EXTREMELY conservative game and hasent tried to run KJ offtackle much at all. With a gameplan that still looks to pound KJ between the tackles without the allpro FB ahead of him, Id be very cautious about starting KJ this week against CHI.
Once Mooch opens up the playbook and once Sledge returns, this offense will click and KJ will be a fantasy beast - but for right now, I would temper my expectations for KJ: 90 total yds and no TDs.
...i'm going out on a limb and saying he is a good play - here's why:
detroit's defense isn't actually that bad. they look a lot of hits last year, but they also were injured across the board. now they are healthy and should be able to control the game against a rookie QB and an offense that is one of the NFL's worst right now.
harrington and company still haven't hit their expectations yet, but they did do some good things last week. i'd expect that to continue and their offense to improve.
that said, should detroit get a 10-14 point lead, i would imagine their goal would be to get the running game on track. jones makes the offense click - and that is something that they'll focus on this week and make part of their gameplan should the score give them the flexibility. chicago's defense is one of the best...but i think detroit will be able to do more than washington did and will be able to dictate this game much better.
all that means more carries for jones...i think this could be a good week. may be a risk, but my guess is that if you have jones, he is one of your top RB's and shouldn't be benched.
I'd say 26 for 118 and 1 TD, top end.
I expect this to be a grind it out game.
KJ will be the main point of attack for the Kitties, but don't be surprised to see some passing in the red zone to the "Big Three" WRs and Pollard.
Mike Williams and Pollard make for great big-body, crossing route, red zone targets; and the two Roy's hands make them good red zone corner options.
Good day for KJ against a stout Chicago defense, but I only see one TD at most.
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Wow I think you guys are being really optimistic. I pointed out after the pre-season that Detroit appeared just so horrendous offensively and defensively that KJ may just end up struggling a bit this year. Green Bay's D is atrocious and KJ goes 25 for 87 (less than 3.5 per carry).
Now he goes up against Chicago (AWAY) who has done a good job against Edge, McGahee, and for the most part Portis. Doesn't look good at all for him this week IMO.
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