Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals Prediction, Preview, and Odds – 9-8-2019
On Sunday afternoon, the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals will do battle in this NFC North vs. NFC West division matchup. Kickoff is set for 4:25 PM ET.
Television-wise, the matchup will be broadcast on FOX.
The Lions lead the All-time series 35-28-5. Detroit has won the last two meetings, including a 17-3 win last season.
Lions Hopeful They Can Have A Bounce Back Season
The Detroit Lions finished the 2018 season going 6-10, finishing fourth in the NFC North, and going 3-5 both home and away. The Lions were almost an even .500 on points and points allowed. Detroit should have an even better defense this season and hopefully, Matthew Stafford will have a bounce-back season.
The Lions will be kind of floating around the NFC North this season. No one really knows what to expect from them, but they could very well be a winning team. They should be able to do well against a rebuilding Cardinals team and maybe get some early confidence from it. Stafford still had some pretty good numbers last season with passing for 3,771 yards and 21 touchdowns. He will have a few more targets on the field to pass to and the running game might actually do some damage as well. A good chunk of the Lions game plan will be having Kerryon Johnson rush a lot against this Cardinal run defense, that finished last in the NFL ranks last season.
Detroit has a lot to prove this season if they would like to be better than .500. The general manager Bob Quinn thinks that head coach Matt Patricia will have a better mindset for his team. “I think he definitely changed the way he’s done some things,” GM Bob Quinn said. “I think he’s taken a lot of input from the players. Very reflective. Very honest with himself.”
For The Cardinals, The Only Way To Go Is Up
The Arizona Cardinals finished the 2018 season going 3-13, finishing fourth in the NFC West, and had the worst record in the NFL. The Cards scored the least amount of points in the NFC with 225 points and gave up the third most with 425. Arizona is ranked 30th for the 2019 season and might be able to win a few more games than last season, but it will probably be another long season.
The Cardinals will be ready to be a little bit better than last season, but this team still has work to do. Their rookie quarterback Kyler Murray looked sharp in preseason. There will be pressure on offense and defense to turn things around slightly this season, but most of that pressure will be on Murray to deliver. With a lot of new coaches on the table, maybe this team’s playing style will look completely different. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury looks to bring that great college offensive mindset to the pros. Of course, Larry Fitzgerald will have to do make most of the big plays for this team and be that fantastic leader. Also, look for running back David Johnson to have another great season and big impact for this offense. Last season, he rushed for 1,239 yards and eight touchdowns.
Murray felt great after his last preseason game and here is what he had to say: “I feel good,” Murray told reporters. “I feel more comfortable – probably the most comfortable I’ve felt all preseason. That’s just due to reps – live game reps. I enjoy getting to play as much as we did today. It’s the closest thing to the real thing. I’m kind of happy how it went.”
- Cardinals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Cardinals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 1.
- Cardinals are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games on grass.
- Lions are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games on grass.
- Lions are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Lions are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September.