Lions running back Reggie Bush knows the Bears always present a tough matchup. And he also knows that matchup just got much tougher.
Bush might be one of the specific reasons the Bears went on an upgrading spree on the defensive side of the ball this offseason, in particularly bringing in defensive linemen Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and ex-Lion Willie Young. Two of Bush's three 100-yard days a season ago came against the Bears defense, including a season-high 139 yards on Sept. 29.
Bush knows the revamped defense will be a new challenge when the Bears and Lions get together this season.
“They have gotten better," Bush said Friday on SportsTalk Live. "Obviously the Chicago Bears are a really good team. And they’re a divisional opponent for us, so we’re going to face them twice this year and it’s going to be two tough battles every time we play them. It’s a tough place to play in Chicago, especially in the winter when it’s freezing cold. Two really good teams will be going at it and battling for that No. 1 spot.”
The upgrades in Chicago mean higher expectations for the Bears, but it's the Lions who have been dealing with the effects of high expectations in recent seasons. They've failed to make much noise despite being heralded by fans and experts alike as a team that should be reaching the next level in the NFL.
“We’ve got to win. That’s what this league is about. This league is about wins and losses. And if you’re not winning, people are going to bash you and you’re going to hear a lot of criticism, and it’s going to come from all directions," he said. "But we do have the talent that we need to get to that next level. And I don’t think it’s just fans and media that think that, we think it, too. We know that we have the talent here, that we don’t really need much else. We have what it takes, and now it’s just about fine-tuning those little things so that we can get to that next level.”
Check out the entire interview with Bush in the video above.