Reggie Bush Shines in Lions Opener: What We Learned About the Detroit Lions

Marcus HillCorrespondent IIApril 12, 2017

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 08: Reggie Bush #21 of the Detroit Lions celebrates with Matthew Stafford #9 after running  77 yards for a third quarter touchdown during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on September 8, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Detroit is undefeated—doesn’t that sound great to say?

It’s not that late-in-the-season-undefeated feeling, but zero losses is zero losses.

The offense came through, Adrian Peterson was more or less shut down, and Detroit’s defense played tough as expected. 

The Lions may have had a flashback to last season when “Purple Jesus” broke a 78-yard touchdown run for the Vikings first play of the game. 

While Peterson did have three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving), after his surge in the first quarter, Peterson gained just 25 more yards on the ground. 

As I predicted earlier this week, Purple Jesus did not go over 100 yards. The Lions had a very impressive defensive stand, especially considering what they gave up on his first rush. 

Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder was forced to answer his critic’s chit-chat about his abilities Sunday—and, like a student who didn’t study for a test, there were just some Ponder could not answer. He lost a fumble, was picked off three times and was underwhelming. Outside of Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson, Ponder failed to show  much.

Simpson racked up seven catches for 140 yards while the rest of Vikings pass-catchers compiled 91 yards. Not an impressive day for the Vikings.

The same can’t be said about Detroit. 

In the slightly tweaked words of former Arizona coach Dennis Green, Reggie Bush was who we thought he was. 

And Minnesota let him off his hook.

Bush came up with 191 total yards and a TD in the win against the Vikings. Included in those 191 yards was a 77-yard TD reception from Matthew Stafford in the third quarter. Bush’s impressive first game was key for the Lions, and after this performance, it’s clear why he’ll be important to the Lions success.

Detroit can hold their heads high after performing as expected in their win. This momentum, and not the senseless penalties, needs to be carried into Week 2 when the Lions head to Arizona to face the Cardinals. 

But for now, Detroit is undefeated.