LIONS INSIDER

Joique Bell giving the Lions rushing attack a spark

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Bell rushed 17 times for 54 yards and scored the only touchdown of the first half on a 2-yard run in the second quarter

Joique BellRB Joique Bell finished the first half with 70 total yards and the game's only touchdown. (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

No Reggie Bush, no problem for the Lions rushing attack.

Bush re-aggravated a calf injury in warm-ups and has not played in the first half.

Joique Bell has taken over the lead back duties for the Lions offense and has done a pretty good job in terrible conditions in Philadelphia.

Bell rushed 17 times for 54 yards and scored the only touchdown of the first half on a 2-yard run in the second quarter. He also added a two-point conversion on a pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford.

That might not seem like a lot of yards, but considering the blizzard-like weather and the field conditions, more than halfway to 100 at the half is pretty good.

Bell's hard-nosed, no-nonsense style of running is just the thing this offense needs in snowy conditions.

What they don’t need any more of, however, is Bell’s fumbling issues. Despite the strong first half, he lost two fumbles inside Philadelphia territory at their 28- and 10-yard lines.

The Lions could easily be looking at a larger lead than 8-0 at the half without the fumbles.

Bell continues the hard running and hangs onto the football and the Lions will be in good shape in the second half.