Cincinnati LB Rey Maualuga vs. Detroit RB Reggie Bush
Detroit running back Reggie Bush is off to the best start of his eight-year career in his first season in Detroit, where the Lions are utilizing both his running and receiving skills.
“When I look at my time in New Orleans, we had a rotation of running backs we had there and we made it work,” Bush said. “We won a Super Bowl, so I’m not complaining about it. When I was in Miami, it was more of a running offense, we ran the ball a lot. In New Orleans, I caught the ball a lot and didn’t run it as much. Now here, I feel it’s a perfect balance.”
The 6-foot, 203-pound Bush ranks third in the NFL with 127.4 total yards per game, and the double-threat back will pose a difficult challenge for Maualuga, who also is playing the best football of his career.
“He presents a problem because they put him in the backfield, motion him out and line him up in the slot,” Maualuga said. “They’re trying to find matchups that favor him. They’re trying to get him on linebackers so he can beat them. We know what he likes to do and the things they’re expecting of him. I just have to go out there and not think too much and just do what I’ve been taught.”
Bush is the best dual-threat back the Bengals have faced since Chicago’s Matt Forte in the opener, and Maualuga and Co. held him to 50 yards on 19 carries (2.6 average) and four catches for 40 yards.