4:25 pm
December 9

Lions @ Cardinals

Who will WIN this matchup?

Detroit Lions (4-8)

@ Arizona Cardinals (3-9)


Current odds:

Detroit Lions: (-145)

Arizona Cardinals: (+125)


 The line for this game is Detroit by 3 points.

• The Arizona Cardinals attempt to post back-to-back victories for the first time this season when they host the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Arizona recorded its first win of 2018 against a team other than San Francisco last week as it recorded a 20-17 triumph at Green Bay that led to the firing of Packers coach Mike McCarthy. The Cardinals registered a season-high 182 yards on the ground against Green Bay behind an offensive line that saw two more members land on injured reserve this week, bringing the current total to six. Arizona’s chances at a second straight win appear good, as the team has won seven of its last eight meetings with Detroit.

•  The Lions hopes to avoid its second three-game losing streak of the season after dropping home decisions against Chicago and the league-leading Los Angeles Rams. Detroit halted its seven-game slide in the all-time series in the last meeting as it posted a 35-23 home victory on Sept. 10, 2017.

• Matthew Stafford, who threw four touchdown passes in last season’s win over Arizona, has been limited in practice this week due to a back ailment but figures to be under center on Sunday. The 30-year-old has been impressive on the road this season, passing for 1,344 yards with nine touchdowns and only two interceptions in five contests. LeGarrette Blount has rushed for 43 scores since 2013, the second-most among active players.

• Tackle D.J. Humphries and guard Mike Iupati both landed on injured reserve with knee injuries, joining center A.Q. Shipley (knee), tackle John Wetzel (neck) and guards Jeremy Vujnovich (hamstring) and Justin Pugh (knee) on the shelf. Arizona also placed wide receiver Christian Kirk (foot), who leads the team with 590 receiving yards, and defensive tackle Olsen Pierre (knee) on IR. Veteran wideout Larry Fitzgerald is one reception away from passing Jerry Rice (1,281) for most by a player with one team in NFL history.

• Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) has not practiced this week and is expected to miss his third straight game.

• Arizona signed Rees Odhiambo from Indianapolis’ practice squad and inked fellow OL Joe Barksdale (released by the Chargers) while promoting DE Vontarrius Dora and WR Jalen Tolliver from its practice squad.

• Detroit placed LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin on injured reserve with a neck injury.

StreakSmarter Pick
Arizona Cardinals