Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) runs for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. (Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports)
DETROIT (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Reggie Bush's first regular-season game as a Lions couldn't have gone much better.
Bush, the Lions' biggest free-agent acquisition of the off-season, sparked a dominant offensive performance with 101 yards receiving, 90 yards rushing and one touchdown as the Lions beat the Minnesota Vikings in the season-opener for both teams, 34-24.
Bush scored on a 77-yard screen pass from Matthew Stafford in the third quarter and Joique Bell added two rushing touchdowns for the Lions, who amassed nearly 500 yards of offense and won their first NFC North game since 2011's playoff season.
The Lions had a dominant effort on both sides of the ball, forcing four turnovers and playing well enough to overcome two touchdowns called back for different reasons and a botched first-quarter field-goal attempt.
Calvin Johnson had a touchdown overturned on replay when officials determined he didn't complete the process of the catch, losing the ball as he lunged over the goal line and hit the ground. The play was reminiscent of one he had against the Chicago Bears in the season-opener three years ago.
DeAndre Levy also had an interception returned for a touchdown called back on an illegal-block penalty.
Stafford completed 28 of 43 passes for 357 yards and Johnson finished with four catches for 37 yards, but the story offensively for the Lions was Bush.
He finished with 21 carries, four catches and made the Vikings pay for a defensive gameplan that focused most of its resources on stopping Johnson. Bush routinely took advantage of five- and six-man boxes to finish with his most yards from scrimmage since a Week 2 win over the Oakland Raiders last year when he was with the Miami Dolphins.
Adrian Peterson scored on a 78-yard run on the Vikings' first play from scrimmage, but he finished with just 93 yards on 18 carries.
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