When the final whistle blew at Ford Field on Sunday, the Detroit Lions had come away with a 34-24 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in what could only be described as 60 minutes of mental errors. Turnovers and penalties ran rampant, but in the end, the Lions prevailed over their NFC North foes.
The player of the game, or winner of the “Game Ball” was Lions running back Reggie Bush, who racked up yards at an alarming rate in his Detroit debut.
Signed this offseason to add explosiveness and versatility at running back, Bush got his time as a Lion off to a hot start against the Vikings. Amassing a total of 191 yards (90 rushing, 101 receiving), the former No. 2 overall pick was a force to be reckoned with out of the backfield.
Bush’s highlight play came on a 77-yard touchdown pass. After slipping out of the backfield, Bush hauled in the short dump-off from Matt Stafford. Then, the Lions’ newest offensive weapon turned on the jets, weaving his way through the Minnesota defense and leaving everyone in his dust before diving into the end zone.
The Lions haven’t had a dynamic runner capable of making plays all over the field since Jahvid Best. With Bush now in the fold, Stafford can use his running back in ways that he simply couldn’t with Mikel LeShoure last season. Bush just brings a certain swagger to the offense that they’ve been eagerly awaiting.
Bush walks away with the Lions’ first “Game Ball” award as they start their campaign to save Jim Schwartz’ job off on the right foot.
Honorable Mentions: Lions DT Nick Fairley, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, Vikings WR Jerome Simpson