Reggie Bush thinks he’s going to love playing with Calvin Johnson. With all that space in the middle of the field, it’s easy to see why.
Bush had a sensational debut with the Detroit Lions on Sunday, burning Minnesota for 191 yards of offense in a 34-24 victory. With the Vikings focused on stopping Johnson on the outside, the dynamic running back found plenty of room to roam.
“This is exactly what we talked about when I was thinking about coming here,” said Bush, who signed a $16 million, four-year contract in March. “We wanted to get me into space with a mismatch against a linebacker or a safety, and that’s what happened. You can do that because of Calvin.”
Bush turned a short pass into a 77-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He finished with 21 carries for 90 yards and four receptions for 101 through the air.
Bush’s performance helped the Lions overcome a slew of miscues while stopping an eight-game losing streak from last season, a miserable 4-12 year in which they were winless against NFC North teams.
“We had plays on offense, defense and special teams that can get you beat in this league, but we got through it and won the game,” quarterback Matthew Stafford said. “It’s important to be able to get wins on days when you are making mistakes and things aren’t going your way.”
The Vikings also made their share of mistakes, especially Christian Ponder, who threw three interceptions and lost a fumble.
“It wasn’t just Christian,” Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier said. “We’ve got to play better as a team.”
Adrian Peterson did his part early, running for a 78-yard TD on his first carry and scoring on a 4-yard run to give
Minnesota a 14-6 lead in the second quarter. He finished with 93 yards on 18 attempts.
“This is one of the best defensive fronts we’re going to see all year,” Peterson said.