Reggie Bush didn’t take long to ensure Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew had made the right call.
Coming off two career years in Miami, the running back figures to be a staple in the Lions lineup for quite some time, including Sunday’s road matchup against an improved Arizona Cardinals squad at U of Phoenix Stadium.
Bush ripped off 90 rushing yards and caught four passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in Detroit’s 34-24 opening victory against rival Minnesota last week, already proving the $16 million contract he signed in the offseason was a smart move by the Lions front office.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford went 28-for-43, passing for 357 yards and two touchdowns with one interception, while Bush led the team in rushing and receiving. Stud wide out Calvin Johnson had four catches for 37 yards, and undrafted second-year tight end Joseph Fauria caught a one-yard touchdown in the fourth to seal the win.
Linebackers DeAndre Levy and Stephen Tulloch each recorded an interception, prowling the middle as the Lions defense forced three turnovers. Last season they were 23rd in the league in interceptions, and 14th overall against the pass. The did give up a 78-yard run on to Adrian Peterson on his first touch, but subsequently held him to only 15 more rushing yards.
The Cardinals also saw their first weekend come down to the final stanza, though they surrendered 14 fourth quarter points, and fell to St. Louis 27-24.
Larry Fitzgerald caught two touchdown passes from newest partner Carson Palmer, the second coming late in the third quarter for a 24-13 lead, but Arizona’s last four possessions resulted in a fumble, two straight punts, and the clock running out .
Palmer completed 26 of his 40 attempts for 327 yards, connecting with Andre Roberts for a team high eight catches and 97 yards. The 11-year veteran Palmer did a solid job under intense pressure at the line, as he was sacked four times and hit another five. Last year Arizona went through four quarterbacks, and were last in the league with 58 sacks surrendered.
Fitzgerald is listed as questionable due to a hamstring issue, but is expected to play against Detroit.
The game begins at 4:05 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by FOX or watch a live online stream by purchasing NFL Game Access here.
Betting Odds: Detroit is favored by 2 points.
Over/Under: 47.5 points
Prediction: Detroit 27, Arizona 20