Against the Chicago Bears in week four, the Detroit Lions faced their biggest test of the season in their undefeated divisional rival. With a final score that was much closer than the game really unfolded to be, Detroit pounded the Bears in just about every sense of the word.
One of the top story lines going into the game was that of running back Reggie Bush returning from injury. Bush had already been banged up a couple times this year, so his return was highly-anticipated. We all saw what he meant to this offense in week one right off the bat.
Week four was no exception to that rule created in the unit’s first game. Bush was all over the field, making defenders miss and hurdling over tacklers. Bush ended with 173 total yards from scrimmage including 139 on the ground. Bush averaged a staggering 7.7 yards per carry against a typically-stingy Bears defense.
It is quite apparent what Bush means to this Lions team already. In the two games Bush has played the entire day, he’s totaled over 360 yards from the line of scrimmage. There is absolutely no question that Detroit’s offense runs through Bush.
For the Lions to succeed in the past, they’ve needed huge days out of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. Now, that is not the case. This Lions team is so dangerous because of Bush’s presence; the playbook is opened a bit more for Johnson.
In the coming weeks, it will be interesting to see how defenses play Bush. It’s clear that he is the focal point of this unit and will be all season long, but will defenses risk stacking the box and opening things up for Stafford and Johnson. Detroit’s attack is no longer one-dimensional. This team is for real, and Bush is the reason why.