RB Reggie Bush figured to be a bigger part of the Detroit Lions' game plan Sunday.
Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi had stressed during the week he wanted to have more patience with the Lions' running game after two weeks of ineffectiveness. He also wanted to find a way for Bush, who has game-breaking speed, to be more involved.
Bush had 12 carries and 61 yards on Sunday, more yards than he gained in the first two weeks of the season combined on almost as many carries. He had 15 total carries the first two weeks combined.
Bush was also targeted eight times by quarterback Matthew Stafford, the most Bush has been targeted this season as a receiver. He caught six of those passes for 38 yards. The Lions' rushing game is still struggling -- a 3.0 yards per carry average is not going to please Lombardi or Jim Caldwell -- but Bush showed signs of life late Sunday with a 26-yard TD run. Heading into this week, Joique Bell was considered the team's RB1, at least based on his snaps. Bell still had 15 carries but for only 33 and did not catch a pass. It seems like the team made it a point to get Bush more involved. Both will continue to have low-end RB2 and flex values but depending on game plan, one could be more involved than the other.