If D’Andre Swift is at his best, he could help his team escape with a Week 1 triumph over the Eagles.
Jared Goff’s best years in Los Angeles came in 2017 and 2018 when Todd Gurley was churning out 1,000-yard seasons with ease. They say a quarterback’s best friend is a great running game, and the Rams’ success in the running game took the pressure off the young signal-caller. That took a ton of pressure off of a young quarterback.
Goff’s first season in Detriot was aided by D’Andre Swift, another product of the Georgia Bulldogs football program, one that brings back memories of Todd Gurley in his prime.
Swift, now in his third year, has shown flashes as an explosive runner, but he hasn’t done so consistently. Injuries have also played a factor as he’s played in 26 games over that time. The Eagles can certainly feel their pain as they’ve seen Miles Sanders struggle with injuries of his own.
When he was on the field last season, Swift racked up 617 rushing yards with five rushing touchdowns on 151 carries. He also notched 452 receiving yards and two additional scores on 62 receptions.
Swift was only able to manage 27 yards on 12 carries during Detroit’s loss to the Eagles last season, but if he can find his legs in this one, he’ll help keep the Eagles’ offense off of the field and potentially open up the Lions’ passing game. That, most certainly isn’t what the Eagles want to happen.