The play of the Bears defense hasn’t won many admirers in Chicago this season, but a short trip to the north finds some people who are thrilled about their struggles stopping opposing offenses.
Lions running back Reggie Bush is one of those people. Bush was asked Thursday if he’s excited about the prospect of facing a Bears defense he scorched for 139 rushing yards in their first matchup of the season.
“Well, yeah,” Bush said, via the Detroit Free Press. “We have to be able to take advantage of obviously the holes that we see. Obviously they’re going to do their part this week at trying to plug up some of those holes. And it’s our job to try to exploit some of those. We feel like there is some room for us to take advantage of them in the run game. We just have to make sure we go in and play fundamentally sound.”
Things have gotten even worse for the Bears run defense since that first matchup with the Lions as linebacker Lance Briggs‘ injury has left the team without much of an answer at all against the run. They’ve given up more than 400 yards on the ground over the last two weeks and similar failure on Sunday will offer the Lions a clear shot to at least partial possession of first place in the NFC North after 10 weeks of the season.