LIONS INSIDER

NOTEBOOK: Reggie Bush will look to be more aggressive vs. Dallas

Posted Oct 23, 2013

RB Reggie Bush says when he reflected after Sunday's game, he knew he could have run the ball much better

Reggie Bush is the only running back in the NFC with 400-plus rushing yards (426) and 300-plus receiving yards (305) through the first seven weeks of the NFL season.

All that despite missing the second half of the Lions' Week 2 to loss in Arizona and the following week's win in Washington.

Bush has been everything the Lions hoped he'd be in their offense, but he admitted Wednesday he could be better.

The Lions have averaged just 63.3 rushing yards in their three losses this season and Bush has a total of 119 rushing yards in those three games.

He averaged just 2.5 yards per attempts in Sunday's loss to Cincinnati on 20 carries.

When Bush is at his best, he's decisive and hits the hole with great speed. Too many times, Sunday, he was indecisive and the hesitation allowed a talented front seven to corral him.

"I definitely felt like after that game I could have run the ball better," Bush said of his performance Sunday. "I felt like there were some areas where I missed some holes. I wasn't running as aggressive.

"I have to correct that mistake. It starts with me first. I felt like there were some missed opportunities throughout that game that we just didn't connect on."

The Lions are a team that likes to run between the tackles. They average 3.64 yards per carry this season up the middle, while they average 3.58 and 3.55 yards, respectively, when running left and right.

"We have our base package of runs that we like to use," Bush said. "You have to have your bread and butter plays, so to speak.

"We like to run the ball in between the tackles. Every now and then we'll mix up a few here and there."

Bush and the rest of the Lions offense will have to be better running the ball this week. The Cowboys held Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy to just 55 rushing yards last week and turned them into a one-dimensional offense in what turned out to be a blowout victory.

The Lions are at their best when they're balanced offensively.

SCHWARTZ EXPLAINS SCHEFFLER MOVE

The Lions cut ties with veteran tight end Tony Scheffler, 30, on Tuesday. Wednesday, head coach Jim Schwartz explained the circumstances surrounding the move.

"They're all difficult decisions," he said. "Where we are on the offensive line, we had a couple of guys that weren't able to finish the game and we needed to sign another guy.

"We had played the previous two games without Scheff, so we had sort of had a plan for being able to deal with that particularly in the short term. It's a very difficult situation. He has been a really productive player for us who made a lot of plays for us. We have to move on and we have to concentrate on the Cowboys."

In the end, the emergence of rookie tight end Joseph Fauria made Scheffler expendable.

BIG PLAYS KILLING THE DEFENSE

There have been a few common denominators in the Lions' three losses

  • A failure to consistently run the football
  • An inability to get turnovers
  • Allowing too many big plays

Schwartz pointed to the last one as being particularly frustrating.

"We have given up too many big plays," he said. "If you want to win the game, you have to hold the score down. If you want to hold the score down, you have to be able to get off the field on third-down and you can't give up big plays."

SIMILAR TEAMS

Look past the identical 4-3 records and the Lions and Cowboys are still eerily similar in a lot of other ways.

Both own a plus-five turnover ratio, have exactly 49 penalties and rank in the top 10 in scoring offense.

There are only two quarterbacks in the NFC with at least 2,000 passing yards, and they'll both be playing be playing at Ford Field this weekend. Matthew Stafford leads the NFC with 2,129 while Tony Romo has 2,010.

Both have versatile running backs, Pro Bowl receivers and defenses that rank in the bottom half in the NFL in points allowed.

With two teams so equally matched, turnovers and timely plays will make the difference.