The Arizona Cardinals and the Detroit Lions face off in week one of NFL action on Sunday from Ford Field in Detroit. The Lions finished the preseason going 2-2, while the Cardinals finished with a record of 2-3 – ending on a dismal 30-2 setback at the hands of the Denver Broncos.
Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions
Point Spread: Cardinals -1.5
Date: Sunday, September 10, 1:00 PM ET
Location: Ford Field – Detroit, Michigan
Point Spread Betting Analysis
The Cardinals and Lions opened as a PK on the Sports Interaction NFL odds board. The Cardinals have a 9-3 record straight up against the Lions since 2001 and are 6-2 ATS. The home team is 11-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings between these two teams. The last time they met at Ford Field was two years ago. The Cardinals attempted 18 passes, David Johnson ran only six times, and they scored 42 points. The Lions threw 70 times, actually led for more than a quarter, and scored 17. Cardinals won it 42-17.
Last year, the Cardinals finished ahead of the Lions in yards per game (367), passing average (259), and rushing average (108). They also boasted a defence that finished 2nd in total defence behind the Houston Texans. Quarterback Carson Palmer enters the 2017 season at 37 years old, and his primary receiver is no spring chicken either, Larry Fitzgerald is 34. Running back David Johnson is arguably a top 3 all-around back – which the offence will heavily rely on throughout the season. Last season the Cardinals were 6-10 ATS, and 3-5 ATS on the road. In their last 8 games in September, they are 6-2 ATS but they are also 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
It all revolves around the comeback king, Matthew Stafford for the Lions. According to the NFL league office, Stafford’s eight game-winning drives in the fourth quarter (and overtime) in 2016 were the most in a season since the 1970 merger. The offence has improved itself in the off season with a couple of key offensive lineman free agent signings that should help the running attack of Ameer Abdullah in the backfield. Of note, Stafford is 0-4 lifetime vs. Cardinals, with his team losing a combined 119-54. In those 4 contests, Stafford only threw 3 touchdowns against 7 interceptions. Last season, the Lions were 5-3 ATS at home.
Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions Prediction
Lions 34 – Cardinals 30