One week into the NFL season, it looks like the tandem of Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson are set to terrorize opposing defenses with matchup headaches the size of Robert De Niro's resume.
Perhaps it might be time for Bush to dive into the Transformers world to come up with his own clever nickname.
The duo try to lead the Detroit Lions to a 2-0 start on Sunday when they visit the Arizona Cardinals and University of Phoenix Stadium.
Good things were predicted out of Bush when the Lions signed the former second-overall pick of the 2006 draft this past offseason and the playmaking back did not disappoint in Sunday's season-opening 34-24 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
Bush racked up 90 yards on 21 carries and added another 101 receiving yards. The bulk of that came on a 77-yard catch-and-run score in the third quarter as the 28-year-old became the third player in Lions history to record 90-plus rushing yards and 100-plus receiving yards in a single game.
The other two? Just some guys named Billy Sims and Barry Sanders.
"It's definitely what we talked about," said Bush. "We talked about just getting me in space in situations where I'm mismatched on a linebacker, safety, cornerback, or somebody man covers and while they're worried about Calvin and some of the other guys, just taking advantage of it. I think we were able to do that today. I think you saw a little bit of what's to come in the future."
Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 357 yards, the second-highest total by a Lions QB on opening day, and complete a pair of touchdown throws. He nearly had a third to Johnson, but the wideout saw the score negated by review as he appeared to lose control of the football in the end zone.
It's not the first time the rules have taken away a TD catch by the athletic receiver.
"Yeah they got me again," said Johnson, who had four catches for 37 yards. "I'm going to have about four different pictures in (the rule book). I caught the ball and my feet touched and then I dove in. I mean, I don't know."
Detroit is still in position to win its first two games for the second time in three seasons as it begins a stretch of playing four of its next five on the road.
Unlike the Lions, the Cardinals were unable to open the season with a divisional victory, falling 27-24 on the road to the St. Louis Rams. Arizona led 24-13 with 1:47 to play in the third quarter, but St. Louis rallied for 14 points in the fourth quarter and went ahead for good on a 48-yard field goal with 40 seconds to go.
The loss spoiled the debut of head coach Bruce Arians and a new era in Cardinals football. Twenty-two players made their Arizona debut in Week 1, including seven rookies.
"Overall I was very pleased with the effort put forth. The execution at times was not as good as we needed it to be," noted Arians. "Late in the ballgame offensively we have to make some plays on third downs and keep drives alive to win the game. We ended up putting their offense back on the field and that is what cost us the ballgame.
In his Arizona debut, Carson Palmer threw for 327 yards, but was picked off once and had a crucial fumble in the game. He did complete a pair of touchdown passes to Larry Fitzgerald.
The Cardinals were looking to erase the taste of the 2012 season, when they won their first four games only to drop nine in a row en route to a 5-11 season. The only other victory that season came on Dec. 16, versus Detroit.