2013 DRAFT GUIDE
Bush, defensive line lead Lions over Vikings 34-24

By NOAH TRISTER - AP Sports Writer
    2013-09-09 03:19

DETROIT (AP) - Reggie Bush's first carry went for a nifty 12-yard gain, and the crowd at Ford Field couldn't wait to show its approval:

``Reg-gie! Reg-gie! Reg-gie!''

Bush's debut in Detroit was everything the Lions hoped for when they signed the elusive running back during the offseason. Although Adrian Peterson scored three touchdowns for Minnesota, it was Bush who was the biggest star Sunday, accounting for 191 total yards in the Lions' 34-24 win over the Vikings.

``I think you saw a little bit of what's to come in the future,'' Bush said.

Peterson's 78-yard touchdown run opened the scoring on Minnesota's first offensive play, but the Lions took the lead shortly after halftime, and Bush's 77-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter put Detroit up 27-17. Both teams made mistakes throughout, but it was the Lions who looked far more dangerous offensively.

That was largely because of Bush, who the Lions hoped would provide some balance alongside an impressive passing game that includes quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson.

Bush passed his first test, and so did the Lions.

Here are five reasons Detroit opened the season with a win over its NFC North rival:

1. RUNNING ROOM: There was plenty of it for Bush, whether he was running the ball or catching passes out of the backfield.

Bush's 77-yard touchdown catch came on a dump-off over the middle, which he turned into a long gain. The Vikings did a solid job against Johnson, holding him to four catches for 37 yards, but Bush had all sorts of open space.

``It makes a difference, having a guy that they can throw underneath with,'' Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. ``It wasn't like they threw balls over the top of our defense. We didn't do a good job on the screens and the underneath stuff that they did.''

2. MISSED OPPORTUNITIES: There were a bunch - for both teams. The Lions blew an easy field goal try on the opening drive because of a botched hold. They also had a touchdown called back on an interception because Ndamukong Suh was called for an illegal block during the return.

Detroit settled for a field goal after a fourth-down conversion was wiped out because of a penalty. The Lions committed 11 penalties for 88 yards in the game.

But the Vikings had miscues of their own, including three interceptions and a fumble - and a couple of costly third-down penalties on Detroit's final touchdown drive.

``I'm not going to apologize for any win. We won this football game,'' Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. ``There are a lot of positives in this game, we were resilient, we played hard, we played physical and we went out and beat a playoff team at home in the opener. I'm not going to apologize for anything this team did.''

3. CONTROLLING THE LINE: After allowing Peterson's early touchdown, the Lions did a good job against him the rest of the game. The defensive front was impressive against the run and the pass, with defensive tackle Nick Fairley contributing 1 1/2 sacks.

Fairley, Suh and rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah were all active - a good sign for a unit that's had potential for a while.

``We knew coming to the game that the battle was going to be won up front,'' Peterson said. ``I felt like as an offense, focusing on our side, we've just got to clean up. We've got to be more technique-sound.''

4. PONDER'S PROBLEMS: Minnesota's Christian Ponder was intercepted three times and was also charged with a crucial fourth-quarter fumble on an exchange with Peterson.

Not a good start for a quarterback who still has a lot to prove. The Vikings have a star running back in Peterson, but Ponder will have to play better in the future for Minnesota to be successful.

``They overcame adversity better than we did,'' Ponder said. ``They are a good defense. They have a lot of talent. They don't really disguise anything - they are what they are - but they have a lot of talent so they can get away with it.''

5. HOLDING THEIR OWN: Detroit had to replace both starting offensive tackles after Jeff Backus retired and Gosder Cherilus left via free agency. Riley Reiff and Jason Fox stepped in Sunday, and although Fox hurt his groin, the Lions were able to contain pass-rushing star Jared Allen.

``We were horrible on first and second downs,'' Allen said. ``When we're in second-and-short, third-and-short, know we're guessing, know the defense is on its heels and we are allowing them to dictate what they can do.''

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Matt FlynnApr 16 10:01a

Green Bay Packers QB Matt Flynn is expected to compete with QB Scott Tolzien for the backup quarterback job, but head coach Mike McCarthy anticipates keeping three QBs on [ More ]

Rolando McClainApr 16 12:03a

Retired LB Rolando McClain (Ravens) worked out for the Baltimore Ravens Tuesday, April 15, as he attempts a comeback. The workout wasn't a smooth one in terms of conditioning, [ More ]

Chris JohnsonApr 16 12:03a

The New York Jets are sticking to their budget/value system. While they want free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans), they will not 'overpay' for him. The depressed running back market [ More ]

Aldon SmithApr 16 12:03a

San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith hasn't only lost the benefit of the doubt with the team, but he probably won't play with the team in 2014, according to [ More ]

Malcom FloydApr 15 11:53p

San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (neck) continues his rehab from a neck injury, but his status is still uncertain. When the team begins voluntary workouts April 22, Floyd [ More ]

Chris JohnsonApr 15 07:53p

Free-agent RB Chris Johnson's (Titans) visit with the New York Jets reportedly went well Tuesday, April 15, but he left without a deal. Other teams are involved with him, too.

Rolando McClainApr 15 07:53p

The Baltimore Ravens worked out LB Rolando McClain, and it reportedly wasn't a success. McClain didn't finish his conditioning test and didn't perform drills.

Terrell ManningApr 15 05:43p

The Minnesota Vikings claimed LB Terrell Manning off waivers from the San Diego Chargers Tuesday, April 15.

Adam PodleshApr 15 05:13p

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free-agent P Adam Podlesh (Bears) to an undisclosed one-year deal Tuesday, April 15.

Allen ReisnerApr 15 03:53p

The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday, April 15, that they've signed free-agent TE Allen Reisner (Jaguars) to an undisclosed deal.

Daniel KilgoreApr 15 03:23p

San Francisco 49ers OG Daniel Kilgore was found not guilty of public intoxication related to his arrest in January in Tennessee. His case was dismissed following his appearance in [ More ]

Matt FlynnApr 15 02:23p

The Green Bay Packers agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal to re-sign QB Matt Flynn Tuesday, April 15, according to a source.

Dion JordanApr 15 01:53p

Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey is expecting big things from DE Dion Jordan in his second season this year. He's a very talented player and this is a [ More ]

Brandon LloydApr 15 01:33p

The San Francisco 49ers signed free-agent WR Brandon Lloyd (Patriots) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, April 15.

Chris JohnsonApr 15 12:23p

The Buffalo Bills have shown some interest in signing free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans), according to sources.

Duron HarmonApr 15 10:57a

New England Patriots SS Duron Harmon is the leading candidate to take over as the Patriots' top strong safety now that Steve Gregory has been released.

Eli ManningApr 15 10:23a

Former New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said it's 'ludicrous' to think that Giants QB Eli Manning is in decline. 'There's been no deterioration of his arm strength, [ More ]

Chris JohnsonApr 15 09:33a

The New York Jets are visiting with free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans) Tuesday, April 15.

Will MontgomeryApr 14 11:52p

The Denver Broncos' offseason conditioning program begins Monday, April 21. It's not known whether C Will Montgomery or C Manuel Ramirez will start at center.

Sidney RiceApr 14 11:52p

The Carolina Panthers might show an interest in free-agent WR Sidney Rice (Seahawks), but only at the right price.

Manuel RamirezApr 14 11:52p

The Denver Broncos' offseason conditioning program begins Monday, April 21. It remains unclear whether OT Orlando Franklin, OG Ben Garland or C Manuel Ramirez will be the team's left guard.

Terrell ManningApr 14 05:32p

The San Diego Chargers have released LB Terrell Manning.

Nate IrvingApr 14 05:12p

Denver Broncos LB Nate Irving appears to be the leading candidate to start at middle linebacker at this time, but the team is expected to select a middle linebacker during the 2014 NFL Draft.

Leon HallApr 14 04:12p

Cincinnati Bengals CB Leon Hall (Achilles') has been cleared for all football drills as part of his rehab.

Jamarca SanfordApr 14 04:12p

Minnesota Vikings SS Kurt Coleman will likely be a contributor on special teams this year and enter the year competing with SSs Jamarca Sanford and Andrew Sendejo for a backup safety spot.

Dustin KellerApr 14 03:42p

The New England Patriots could show interest in free-agent TE Dustin Keller (Dolphins) at some point this offseason.

Jermichael FinleyApr 14 03:32p

Updating a previous report, the Miami Dolphins have told the agent of free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (neck) that they could be interested in signing Finley if he is cleared [ More ]

Von MillerApr 14 03:32p

Denver Broncos LB Von Miller (knee) said his surgically repaired knee is feeling good and hopes to play better than he did before he suffered his injury. 'I'm a [ More ]

Kurt ColemanApr 14 03:22p

The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with free-agent SS Kurt Coleman (Eagles). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Sidney RiceApr 14 02:52p

Free-agent WR Sidney Rice (knee) has been cleared to participate in football activities by Dr. James Andrews, according to a source. The Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants, New Orleans [ More ]

Chris CulliverApr 14 02:22p

San Francisco 49ers CB Chris Culliver has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor hit-and-run charges and felony possession of brass knuckles. Culliver was arrested March 28 for allegedly hitting a [ More ]

C.J. SpillerApr 14 01:12p

The Philadelphia Eagles tried to land Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller before they traded for RB Darren Sproles this offseason, according to two league sources familiar with the situation. [ More ]

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group