Detroit Lions: Reviewing running back Jamaal Williams week one performance

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The Detroit Lions fell short of one of the greatest comebacks in the NFL regular season against the San Francisco 49ers 41-33. Playing from behind in the second half meant the running game took a bit of a back seat. However, there is plenty to like about the addition of Jamaal Williams to the backfield.

It was a solid start for Detroit Lions running back, Jamaal Williams in week one.

Williams was given the starting nod in the week one matchup with the 49ers. A move that did not surprise many, given D’Andre Swift’s limited practice time in the pre-season. Williams did not waste his opportunity as the first play from scrimmage went for 10 yds right up the gut of the pesky 49ers defensive front.

Williams finished the game with only nine carries, but he found the endzone once and finished with 54 yards, leading the team in rushing yards. Williams also proved he could be a threat in the passing game as he finished the game with eight receptions for 56 yards. His 56 yards receiving was good enough for third-best on the day for the Lions.

The Lions fell behind 38-10 early in the second half, which meant the time would lean on a heavy dose of Jared Goff to lead them back from such a deficit. The Lions ran 24 rushing plays compared to Goff’s 57 plays through the air. Lions fans are all too familiar with seeing this type of performance from their team. Except for this time, the deficit was too large for the Lions to create another can you believe it comeback performance to open the 2021 season.

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With William’s performance and Swift having a near-identical game, the team could finally have a running back duo that fans have clamored about for years. The team has a lot of issues to work out during the season. However, the running back position is looking like a bright spot for this organization.