Lions News: Mike Tirico Blunder, Lions Power Rankings, NFC North Falters, + D’Andre Swift Fails

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News flash for anyone that is just now watching football for the first time in 2023. Injuries happen in the NFL. A lot. Contract disputes between a top player and a franchise are also commonplace.

However, if you’re Mike Tirico, someone who has been calling games for more than two decades, apparently you need to be reminded of this phenomenon.

After the Detroit Lions had just gone into Arrowhead and taken down the defending world champions in the Kansas City Chiefs, Tirico felt it was important to remind viewers that the Chiefs were without two of their best players—tight end Travis Kelce and defensive tackle Chris Jones.

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Beat Chiefs, 21-20. This team won over a lot of fans with the way it handled itself late last season and in its Week 1 win over the Chiefs.

RB D’Andre Swift — Eagles
Stats: 1 carry, 3 yards; 1 catch, 0 yards

Swift played in just 19 snaps on offense for the Eagles, as Philly relied heavily upon Kenneth Gainwell (41 snaps) and sprinkled some Boston Scott (8 snaps) in, too. Gainwell wasn’t overly successful either, rushing for 54 yards on 14 carries (3.9 YPC) and catching four passes for 20 yards. The Eagles, who were one of the best rushing teams in 2022, managed just 97 yards on 25 carries, so Philly may lean on Swift next week to bounce back.

RB Jamaal Williams — Saints
Stats: 18 carries, 45 yards (2.5 YPC); 2 catches, 7 yards

The Saints came away with the win with Williams as their lead back, but they couldn’t get much of anything going on the ground. Williams actually iced the game with his longest run of the day—an 11-yard run, but he fumbled the ball on the play. Luckily he was able to recover it, too:

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