Welcome back, productive Reggie Bush
I've been pretty critical of Reggie Bush this season, but the 2013 version showed up on Sunday. He gained 54 yards on seven carries and had 44 yards on six catches. He also had a touchdown, and he really added another dimension to the offense. He was more decisive with his reads, and it was just nice to see the Bush of old return and put on such a great performance.
It was also nice to see the running game as a whole put on such a great performance. Joique Bell added 74 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, and as a team, the Lions had 138 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries (5.3 average).
Winning ugly is still winning
It's clear at this point that the Lions just win in ugly fashion. It's rare that they win games comfortably, and it's rare that they are able to put together a complete game with a limited number of mistakes. That's just the way this team is. It's been pretty ugly at times, but the formula is working considering they're 11-4, in the playoffs and have a chance to win the NFC North next week. Is this kind of style sustainable in the playoffs? Probably not, but I'd rather win in ugly fashion than lose a well-played game. That goes without saying, but the Lions are 11-4; regardless of how they got there, enjoy it. They've only had three other seasons in their history with this many wins.
Special teams are becoming a problem for the Lions
After giving up a couple of big returns against the Minnesota Vikings, the Lions' special teams really collapsed on Sunday in Chicago. They didn't give up any big returns, but they did muff a punt and rough the punter, which led to the Bears' touchdowns. Also, the Lions got a field goal blocked, although that likely had more to do with Matt Prater slipping than anything. In any case, the mistakes on special teams are really starting to pile up, and this unit has got to get better going forward. Jeremy Ross especially needs to start bringing more to the table if he wants to keep his job as the Lions' returner.