Jets RB: Chris Ivory over Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson is slated to play through an ankle injury. Chris Ivory has outplayed him after two weeks and the Bears are very beatable on the ground as they rank 27th verse the run. It is usually easier for the backup/spell back to take advantage while the starter gets most of the gameplan. Ivory is the healthier back for week 3 and has been more productive.
Lions RB: Reggie Bush over Joique Bell
Joique Bell has played more snaps and gotten more touches in the first two weeks. Offensive Coordinator, Joe Lambardi, has expressed a desire to get Reggie Bush more involved. Much like the Jets’ situation, Bell was limited in practice because of his knee. He will play, but combine the health factor with the playcaller’s statement, and Bush should finally out-perform his backfield mate against the Packers’ 31st run D.
Ravens RB: Justin Forsett over Bernard Pierce
I have yet to become a believer in Bernard Pierce. He has generally gotten banged up when faced with a starting opportunity, or has not performed like the Ravens need him to, with the exception of last week. Despite practicing in full, he is listed as questionable, and the team promoted a running back off the practice squad for week 3. That is enough to be alarmed about his effectiveness, all while Justin Forsett has excelled in the first two weeks. Forsett took over feature back duties in week 1, where Pierce was benched for fumbling. Last week Forsett was clearly the second back, yet he played another good game, including a 41-yard run. There is no question with Forsett’s health right now, and he is familiar with Offensive Coordinator, Gary Kubiak, and his zone-blocking scheme from their Houston Texans season together. Heading into this game, although Cleveland looks like a better defense, they actually rank dead last after two weeks.