This season the Detroit Lions are off to a great start after just four games. The Lions are currently tied for first in the NFC North. The Lions record is 3-1 as is that of the Chicago Bears. Detroit has won two straight games and is 2-0 in the division, which is of great importance when the postseason nears.
When bettors look at the Lions and point spreads for their games, they often think of Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford.
They wonder how many yards passing Stafford will have and how many touchdown passes. With Johnson they ask themselves how many catches, yards and touchdowns will he have and how will that affect the game’s outcome.
Nevertheless, this season the one player powering the offense more than Stafford and Johnson is all-purpose back Reggie Bush.
Stafford and Johnson thus far have not lived up to the top billing they were and still have been getting. The reason the Lions are 3-1 and their offense has been generating points is Bush.
Bush returned from a slight knee injury to show Detroit’s rivals the Chicago Bears that when he can play at full speed he makes the offense for Detroit go. On Sunday, Bush had 22 touches in the game and accumulated 173 yards.
Of course, Joique Bell the No. 2 back for Detroit has done well, and subbed well during week 3 for the injured Bush, but the explosiveness Bush has is not comparable.
Bush has a game-breaking versatility that few others possess. His rushing skills and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield make Bush the perfect complement to Johnson’s threat over the middle and down the field.
Even though the Lions beat Chicago to stay abreast the Bears, a real test for them is this weekend.
Detroit will face the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay has not played well and sits at 1-2 after having a by-week with Carolina.
Nevertheless, a standard of excellence is obtained when a team can shut the Packers down offensively and outscore them. Detroit will have that opportunity this weekend.
The line opened on sites like betonline, topbet and Bovada with the Packers -7, but has come down to 6.5.