Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush is eager to face his former team, the Miami Dolphins, in Week 10 of the 2014 NFL season.
Reggie Bush is eager to face his former team, the Miami Dolphins, in Week 10 of the 2014 NFL season.
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The Detroit Lions running back told local radio station 97.1 The Ticket (via CBS Sports Detroit's Ashley Dunkak) on Nov. 6 there's "a little more incentive" to beating the Dolphins next week:
"Before running back Reggie Bush joined the Detroit Lions, he spent two seasons with the Miami Dolphins. The Lions and Dolphins -- both on three-game win streaks -- meet Sunday at Ford Field.
"Bush, who missed Detroit's last game with an ankle injury, said he will play Sunday, and he admitted playing his former team gives him some extra fire.
"'I would be lying if I said it wasn't a little more incentive to win this game, just like the Saints game, but nevertheless, I've still got to focus on doing my job and making sure I'm not making this game bigger than what it is,' Bush told Stoney, Bill and Sara of 97.1 The Ticket. 'I've still got to be focused, still go to do the little things right, and we still have a tough task ahead of us because they're a good football team. It's going to be a good game, and I'm looking forward to obviously coming out with the win.'
"Following Sunday's game against Miami, the Lions play the Arizona Cardinals and the New England Patriots in back-to-back road games. Bush said Detroit will not look past the Dolphins, however.
"'You don't get any drop-off weeks in the NFL,' Bush said. 'This game's tough. It's going to be a tough game for us. Everything is right here in front of us, but also at the same time, we have to be well-prepard for this game because this is a tough team we're facing.'
"In addition to getting Bush back from injury Sunday, the Lions expect to also have star wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who has missed or been limited in the last five games.
"'It means a lot getting two guys back and hopefully one of the tight ends, too,' Bush said. 'We've been pretty banged up. The injury bug has hit us I think unlike any other season I've ever been a part of. It's going to be important for us to get guys back healthy this week and hopefully help us to win this game.'"
Bush also knows the Lions have to improve in the succeeding weeks, especially their running game which is second-worst in the NFL, per Carlos Monarrez of The Detroit Free Press:
"The Detroit Lions have the NFL's second-worst run game. Reggie Bush knows this as much as he knows the run game has to improve if the Lions want to make the playoffs.
"'We've got to get better, especially second half of the season when games start to become more important is when you really need your run game, especially on the road,' Bush said Wednesday. 'We've got some tough road games coming up.
"'Obviously, we're not thinking about that right now. We're thinking about the Miami Dolphins. We've got to improve week to week. We've got to get better. We can't stay the same.
"Bush, who said he would return Sunday from a one-game absence with an ankle injury, and Joique Bell have been the one-two punch out of the backfield. But mostly they've been the ones getting slapped around by defenses. Bush averages 3.5 yards per carry, Bell 3.2
"'We take it very personally,' Bush said. 'It's on us. There's nobody to point the finger at other than it's the running backs, the offensive line, the tight ends, the receivers. It's everybody altogether collectively. It takes 11 guys to run the football.'
"...Bush said it has been hard to identify one reason for the run game's struggles.
"'I think it's a little bit of everything,' he said. 'I think it's a little bit of the running back being patient, taking the proper steps, the little things that maybe the average person may not notice. The receivers blocking, the offensive line know who to get and knowing how to block them. Obviously, now having Calvin in there, too, makes a difference.'
"Bush played for the Dolphins in 2011-12. But he said there's no animosity between him and his former team.
The 29-year-old Bush has rushed for 5,339 yards and 34 touchdowns on 1,239 carries in 111 career regular-season games for the New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions, per ESPN stats.
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