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Week 2 vs. KC
Rushing: 16 / 90 / 1
Bush saw his first action in the second half, after the Fargas injury. He spelled McFadden regularly --- like clockwork, he was subbed in on the play following all four of McFadden's 20+ yard runs, and often for a couple plays after that. He showed good power charging through the line, and had a nice TD run to cap off the scoring near the end of the game. Like McFadden, the bulk of his yardage came in the second half of the game. His one negative was a fumble that he lost, after allowing the ball to be stripped away.
Week 3 vs. BUF
Rushing: 14 / 55 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 5 / 0 on 1 targets
Although fellow halfback Darren McFadden got the start, Bush played plenty. He and McFadden both had fourteen carries, with the majority of Bush's damage coming on third down situations (something the team also enjoyed great success with in Week 2). The offensive line was creating big lanes for him, and he responded with a nice burst. Two items of note are: A) It was McFadden, not Bush, who was getting red zone carries in the third quarter, and B) It was Bush, not McFadden, who was getting fourth quarter carries as the Raiders were trying to pick up first downs and run out the clock. It should also be noted that they were unable to do so.
Week 4 vs. SD
Rushing: 14 / 48 / 0
Receiving: 7 / 80 / 0 on 8 targets
With Darren McFadden still not feeling 100%, the primary halfback duties fell on Bush this week. He responded with 128 yards from scrimmage and a rushing touchdown that was called back due to a penalty. Right from the outset, it was obvious that Bush was going to have a role in the game. He entered as soon as the Raiders got near the goal line, and saw regular carries the entire first half. Late in the second quarter, Bush was given a fourth down carry from the San Diego one yard line. He dove into the end zone for the apparent score, but the touchdown was nullified due to a holding penalty. Bush remained in the game and had compiled a serviceable 81 yards from scrimmage near the end of the fourth quarter. But with the Raiders trailing by ten and the Chargers in a prevent defense, Bush added another four receptions for 47 yards on the final drive to put a stamp on his afternoon with some "garbage time" gems.
Week 6 vs. NO
Rushing: 3 / 9 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 4 / 0 on 2 targets
With Justin Fargas back in the lineup Bush was relegated to backup duty. He saw action late the game but his role will remain minimal unless and until the backfield situation changes.
Week 8 vs. BAL
Rushing: 5 / 8 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 9 / 0 on 2 targets
The "other" Bush was nearly non-existent in the game. He only gained eight yards on just five carries, but also tacked on nine yards with his only reception. You'd be hard pressed to find anything positive from his day, but 17 total yards is better than none.
Week 9 vs. ATL
Rushing: 3 / -2 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 15 / 0 on 5 targets
Bush was pressed into duty when McFadden was scratched. He lost two yards three carries but led the Raider receiving corpse by grabbing three passes for a total 15 yards.
Week 10 vs. CAR
Rushing: 8 / 30 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 43 / 0 on 9 targets
Bush ran the ball eight times for 30 yards on the ground and caught five balls for 43 yards on a team high ten targets in the passing game. However, of those ten targets, five came on the club's last drive in their hurry up offense.
Week 12 vs. DEN
Passing: 1 - 1, 8 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 2 / 0 / 0
Bush's biggest impact came on a halfback option play where he threw a pass to Zach Miller that was caught for a first down on a third down play.
Week 15 vs. NE
Passing: 0 - 2, 0 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
RB Michael Bush attempted two passes but did not connect on either. QB JaMarcus Russell dropped one pass that would have been a first down conversion.
Week 17 vs. TB
Rushing: 27 / 177 / 2
Receiving: 1 / 6 / 0 on 1 targets
Michael Bush simply tore apart the struggling Tampa Bay rush defense to the tune of 27 rushes for 177 yards and two touchdowns, and added a six yard reception for the Raiders. Bush's touchdown runs came from four and 67 yards out, the latter of which proved to be the game winner for the Raiders. Bush showed toughness running inside and the burst and speed he showed early in his college career before breaking his leg, and proved to be too much for an ailing, struggling Buccaneer defense as the game went on. On the Raider's final scoring drive, Bush was given the ball 10 straight times, a drive that ended with a Sebastian Janikowski field goal.