The Detroit Lions always seem to have trouble with the Arizona Cardinals.
It looked like the Lions might finally defeat them on Sunday when Detroit built a 21-13 lead.
However, it wasn’t to be. Penalties again haunted Detroit, including a pass interference play to set up the deciding touchdown, and the Cardinals rallied to win 25-21, their fifth straight victory over the Lions.
Dating to 2012, Arizona has won two of its last 14 games, both coming against Detroit.
Here are five things we learned from the latest of those triumphs.
1. BUSH IS ESSENTIAL: The Lions are a far different, and not nearly as good, team without running back Reggie Bush.
Bush took a helmet to his left knee late in the first half. He tried to come back but lasted only a few plays in the third quarter before calling it a day.
“Obviously he’s a big part of the offense,” Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said, “but that’s no excuse. We’ve got to play with other guys that can step up and make plays and we just didn’t get it done on offense in the second half. It certainly affected us, but we’ve still got a lot of guys on the field.”
Bush said that while he couldn’t push off the left leg after the injury, he didn’t think it was serious