The Philadelphia Eagles have done well at stopping the run so far this season, but this week they face a stiff challenge in the form of Reggie Bush. Bush already has over 1,000 yards from scrimmage. He has a more than solid 854 rushing yards and is averaging over 4.7 yards a rush. Make no mistake about it — the Eagles will be in for a challenge on the ground on Sunday.
Bush can also burn teams in the passing game as well. Between Calvin Johnson and Bush the Lions feature two of the most explosive playmakers in the league on the same team and a quarterback in Matthew Stafford who has the goods to get them the ball.
This is certainly one of the biggest challenges the Eagles will face defensively during the season. The Detroit Lions are used to scoring points and getting yards in bunches. Stafford, however, seems prone to making mistakes late in games.
The difference for the Lions this year is they finally have a reliable running game led by Bush. Bush seems to have been given a new football life in Detroit. He is thriving on the fast turf track of Ford Field, but he has also been effective on the road. The explosive back’s game travels almost anywhere.
Aside from Johnson, Bush is the man the Eagles most focus on stopping. If he is allowed to let loose it makes their whole offense more explosive and opens up the downfield passing game.
If the Eagles want to win in a shootout Bush must be stopped. That will be the key to the game for Philadelphia.