Vikings vs. Lions 2013: Minnesota fans discouraged; Detroit fans hopeful after Week 1

Gregory Shamus

Could there be a shift in power in the NFC North?

The Lions knocked off the Minnesota Vikings, who were a playoff team in 2012, on Sunday 34-24.

Detroit struggled in 2012 but looked more like the 2011 version of their team that went to the playoffs. The offense was clicking and expect for a couple of reckless plays, the defense was solid for the most part.

Vikings fans came away frustrated with Christian PonderChristopher Gates of the Daily Norseman said that Ponder wasn't the only one to blame but that his performance was not up to par.

That's what Ponder is right now, unfortunately. The occasional flashes are canceled out by things that just make you shake your head. He needs to know when it's time to fight another time.

But Ponder is most assuredly not alone on the list of reasons that the final score wound up the way that it did.

The Lions' offense was clicking with impressive efficiency on Sunday, mostly due to Reggie Bush's dominance. Despite battling through multiple injuries, Bush had nearly 200 total yards. Detroit fans were impressed with the performance but are hoping he can stay healthy for the rest of the season.

Sean Yuille from Pride of Detroit weighed in on Bush's value to the offense.

The obvious downside here is that Bush got pretty banged up on Sunday. That's not good considering how much the Lions are going to rely on him throughout the season. They need Bush to stay healthy, and he can't be suffering multiple injuries each week if he's going to make it through the year.

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