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9/15/13. Lions @ Cardinals. 4:05pm. Fox. Week 2.

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The Lions travel to Arizona to take on the new look Cardinals.



Presents the following thread:


(1-0) @ (0-1)

Your Detroit Lions


The Arizona Cardinals


NFC Conference

Week 2

Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

Date: September 15th, 2013

Time: 4:05pm EST

This game is a presentation of:


Television Broadcast Provided by:


FOX - DirecTv Channel 713

Online: Front Row. (Ad-block recommended)

Radio Broadcast Provided by:


Ch 112

Lions and Vikings highlights:


Reggie Bush leads way for Detroit Lions in win over Minnesota Vikings

DETROIT -- 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 touchdown 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.

At least in the opener, Bush was the speedy running back the Lions haven't had since Jahvid Best had his career ended by concussions. Detroit released him this year because he hasn't been able to play since 2011. "We love his talent, but he's here because of the way he complements Calvin and the way Calvin complements him," Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. Fans at Ford Field have already become vocal supporters of Bush, chanting "Reg-gie! Reg-gie!" much like crowds at the Silverdome used to shout "Bar-ry! Bar-ry!" for Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders.

The Lions made adding the former Miami and New Orleans back a priority and he showed why in one flashy, but tough afternoon. "I did dislocate my thumb, it was pointing in the wrong direction, but they were able to pop it back in and tape it up," Bush said. "After that, I just carried the ball with my right hand. On the series after that, I pulled a groin muscle." Joique Bell ran for two touchdowns, including a go-ahead score that gave the Lions their first lead early in the third quarter.

Stafford was 28-of-43 passing for 357 yards with two touchdowns. His final score was a 1-yard lob to rookie tight end Joseph Fauria with 6:47 left that sealed the win. Johnson was held to four catches for 37 yards and had a touchdown negated by review because he appeared to lose control of the football in the end zone. Ponder was 18-of-28 passing for 236 yards with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Peterson that got Minnesota within three late in the third quarter. Jerome Simpson had seven receptions and 140 yards receiving for the Vikings.

The Lions finished strong, outscoring the Vikings 28-10 after an awful start. Detroit botched a field-goal attempt on the opening drive when rookie holder Sam Martin dropped a perfect snap. One snap later, Peterson ran through a hole, shifted his shoulders to the left -- prompting rookie defensive back Darius Slay to do a face plant into the turf -- juked to the right and outraced the rest of the defense on the fourth-longest run of his career.

After choosing to kick on a fourth-and-1, Schwartz went for it with the same down and distance early in the second quarter only to have Bell's fourth-down run negated by Brandon Pettigrew's holding penalty, forcing him to settle for a second field goal to make it 7-6. The Lions looked as if they were going to take their first lead two snaps later when linebacker DeAndre Levy returned an interception for a touchdown, but Ndamukong Suh was called for an illegal low block against center John Sullivan, who was well behind the play. "I wasn't by any means going for his knees," Suh insisted. "He knows that."


Lions offensive tackle Jason Fox left the game with a groin injury, and was replaced by Corey Hilliard. The Vikings were without defensive tackle Kevin Williams because of his injured right knee.

NFC North Standings:

Detroit (1-0) 1.000

Chicago (1-0) 1.000

Green Bay (0-1) .000

Minnesota (0-1) .000

Lions Injury News:

Ezekiel Ansah DE Concussion Full Participation in Practice Probable

Louis Delmas S Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Probable

Jason Jones DE Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Probable

Cardinals Injury News:

Lorenzo Alexander LB Biceps Limited Participation in Practice Questionable

Larry Fitzgerald WR Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice Questionable

Rob Housler TE Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice Out


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And in your no s*** story of the day, Leshoure would welcome a trade out of Detroit.

Ha! Here's the link: http://m.espn.go.com/nfl/story?storyId=9677235&src=desktop

"Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure would welcome a trade to a team that would rely on him more, a source told ESPN."

A source... Undoubtedly his agent.

PS: You have to have value to be traded.

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This is a game that good teams go out and win IMO. Are the Lions one of those good teams in the league, I'm not certain they are but still have them winning today. Let's see if Reggie Bush holds up for another week also and if he can have another solid game this week.

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I can't imagine this first half today will be as Lions like and as heart-throbbing/heart-wrenching as last week. Hopefully this week we get more normalcy out of our beloved Lions.

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Kickalicious would've made that.. Oh wait he got ran into.. :square:

EDIT: Kickalicious definitely would've made that..

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