Going into Sunday's game, the Bears knew the challenge that presented itself in the form of Lions running back Reggie Bush.
What they didn't know was they would have to contain the 2005 Heisman Trophy version of Bush.
"Reggie was making plays that we've seen from him when he was in college," Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley said. "To be on his team and see it, it's amazing."
When Bush signed with the Lions in the offseason, he called his situation in Detroit a “running back’s dream.”
Bush had shown flashes of that potential greatness since entering the NFL as a first-round pick by the Saints in 2006, but now fully enshrined in his role as the featured back, he's giving his new team exactly what they've been missing on offense.
"He definitely has a lot to offer to that offense," Bears safety Major Wright said. "Reggie Bush is special. He has the speed, he can you shake you, he can do everything."
Bush showed no ill effects from a knee injury he suffered in Week 2 against the Cardinals. The 28-year-old torched the Bears for 139 yards. But he did the majority of his damage in the first half.
Late in the second quarter, Bush dazzled the 64,552 in attendance at Ford Field after shooting through a hole up the middle created by center Dominic Raiola, leaping over Wright and out-running Charles Tillman into the end zone for a 37-yard touchdown to give the Lions a 30-10 lead at the time. Bush went on to finish the first half with 11 carries for 112 yards.
Raiola and the Lions offensive line got the push they needed against the Bears' front four. Their dominance allowed Bush to get to the second level and do what he does best: make people miss.
"I really didn’t get touched a whole lot until I got to the secondary, that’s just kudos to those guys," Bush said. "They played their hearts out, they played well, and they were the key factor why we were successful on offense."
The Bears defense held Bush to just 27 yards on the ground in the second half, but the damage had already been done.