DETROIT -- Reggie Bush figured to be a bigger part of the Detroit Lions' game plan Sunday.
Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi had stressed during the week he wanted to have more patience with the Lions' running game after two weeks of ineffectiveness. He also wanted to find a way for Bush, who has game-breaking speed, to be more involved.
Bush had 12 carries and 61 yards on Sunday, more yards than he gained in the first two weeks of the season combined on almost as many carries. He had 15 total carries the first two weeks combined.
He was also targeted eight times by quarterback Matthew Stafford, the most Bush has been targeted this season as a receiver. He caught six of those passes for 38 yards.
"I think we just trusted the run game," Bush said. "We were patient in the run game. Coach continued to call run plays for us and trusted it was eventually going to break open and it did at a crucial situation.
"We were able to take advantage. We felt like we could run the ball against them and it was up to our offensive line to get the job done."
The Lions' rushing game is still struggling -- a 3.0 yards per carry average is not going to please Lombardi or Jim Caldwell -- but Bush showed signs of life late Sunday, when he ran 26 yards around the left side of the offensive line for the game-clinching touchdown.
It was Detroit's only offensive touchdown against Green Bay and saved an otherwise rough offensive game for the Lions.
"We knew he had it in him," Lions center Dominic Raiola said. "The more opportunities he got, the more he took advantage of it. He just got more opportunities this week and we know how explosive Reggie Bush is."
Michael Rothstein | Espn.com | September 22, 2014