Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Reggie Bush struggling, Bills may be perfect remedy


Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush hasn't been playing up to expectations lately. Especially his own.

Bush was benched in the first quarter of Miami's 37-3 trouncing at the hands of the Tennessee Titans Sunday after he fumbled the ball for the third time this season.

"I've never been benched in my life," Bush said Monday, via the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "First time.... the only thing I can control is fumbling the football." (photo: June Rivera, Flickr)

The good news in the situation is that the seven-year veteran will be well-rested for Thursday night's game in Buffalo, where he returns to the site where he set a career high with 203 rushing yards a year ago.

More good news may come in the form of the Buffalo Bills' defense, which has been a major disappointment this season after a defensive line spending spree this offseason.

This year's Bills team is allowing an NFL-worst 163.7 yards per game on the ground, which may just help Bush bounce back and return to his early-season form. Bush looked poised to back up his offseason boast that he wanted to win the rushing title before he suffered a leg injury in Week 3 against the Jets.

Bush has rushed for 555 yards on 4.4 yards per carry so far this season, including four touchdowns. But he's averaged just 34.5 yards per game in the past four games and hasn't rushed for more than 67 since his 172-yard explosion in Week 2.

Bush knows that putting the ball on the ground will keep him from getting back where he wants to be.

"That's something as a leader and veteran of the team I can't do," he said. "I'll bounce back."

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