It wasn’t a work of art. But for the Lions who finished last season on a sour note with a 4-12 record a win in Sunday’s opener was just about picture perfect.
The several points left on the table the myriad of penalties and the offense's early struggles didn't matter when the final gun sounded. Instead Reggie Bush's electric plays and the Lions' four forced turnovers will be the key memories from Sunday's 34-24 victory over the Vikings in the 2013 season opener.
Bush juked and spun his way to 191 yards from scrimmage including a 77-yard touchdown reception that gave the Lions a 27-17 lead in the third quarter from which the Vikings never recovered.
Fellow running back Joique Bell added two rushing touchdown and 67 receiving yards and Matthew Stafford finished 27 of 41 for 356 yards a touchdown and an interception. Star receiver Calvin Johnson had only four receptions for 37 yards but veteran Nate Burleson had six catches for 78 yards.
Although the Lions had many issues in the ga...