Joique Bell on Lions’ loss: ‘I let my city down’

Six days after jolting the Giants, the Lions were overpowered by the Panthers, losing 24-7 in Sunday’s ugly, mistake-filled contest.

Nobody, it seems, took the defeat harder than Lions running back — and Detroit native — Joique Bell.

“I let my city down,” Bell said, per “Coming from a place I have a lot of pride for, I know a lot of people who were pulling for me. And I feel like I let those people down.”

Quite frankly, he should feel that way. The fourth-year back single-handily ruined two long drives with a drop and fumble, his second in as many games. He finished with just 36 yards on 10 carries, showing no tackle-breaking ability against a weakened Carolina defense.

In fairness to Bell, he did find success as a pass-catcher, hauling in six receptions for 61 yards. And it’s not like he’s the only one struggling to locate running lanes. Starter Reggie Bush totaled all of 26 yards on six carries. In Week 1, Bush ran for 15 yards on nine totes (1.7 yards-per-carry, if you’re wondering).

“We have to be more effective running the ball,” Bush said. “The run and the pass go hand in hand. If your run game is not effective, then it is going to affect the pass. We need to do a better job as running backs, and as a team too.

“Just run the ball better.”

That goes without saying. Fortunately, Bush and Bell get a very susceptible Packers defense at home in Week 3. If they can find success, and get the team back in the win column, the folks in Motown will be more than forgiving.

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  • baitmando

    Just hang on to the freaking ball.