Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell was somewhat overshadowed by Reggie Bush in Sunday's season opener against the NFC North rival Minnesota Vikings. That's because Bell is Bush's backup and the latter ended up with 191 total yards from scrimmage on the day.
But Bell shined in one specific area that's significant: the red zone. As noted by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Bell had a pair of touchdowns and should be a weapon on the goal line going forward. There was a point in which the Lions were struggling to get into the end zone, and Bush himself was stopped twice before Bell was able to get the ball in for one of his two scores.
In the end, Bell finished with five catches for 67 yards and 25 yards rushing with the aforementioned pair of touchdowns.
Fantasy Impact: The Lions were always a team that could go either way as far as the running back goes this season, but things are looking up after Week 1. Bush is clearly the starter and clearly a smart option for fantasy owners, but Bell is an intriguing handcuff, and could be good for touchdowns in every game this year as long as he's used the same way going forward. All in all, it was a good day for Lions running backs.