The Detroit Lions threw the vanilla preseason offense out the window and busted out the rainbow sherbet in racking up 469 yards of total offense against the Minnesota Vikings.

It was great to see the offense come out and by and large play the way we expect them to play in moving up and down the field and putting points on the scoreboard. But the cautious side of me can’t help but think the Lions benefited from the element of surprise – at least to some degree.

Reggie Bush isn’t new to the league. He’s now in his eighth season and his NFL career has been a disappointment relative to the expectations brought on by a dynamic career at USC and being drafted second overall in 2006. But the Lions still saw him for what he still could be and thanks to his stellar performance in week one the rest of the league can see it too.

It was obvious the Vikings were intent on not getting beat by Calvin Johnson. In doing so it gave Reggie Bush a lot of space to operate and he took advantage. We wouldn’t have seen the Lions dominate a game offensively a year ago with Calvin Johnson making just four catches for 37 yards.