Arizona Cardinal's look to rebound after their tough Monday night loss to the Niners with a visit to the lowly Detroit Lions.
The offseason can not come fast enough for the Detroit Lions. Detroit is 2-12, and are going into their week 15 matchup with the Cards without starting QB Matthew Stafford and starting running back Kevin Smith. Worst of all, they are going into the game with Daunte Culpepper starting under center.
Yes Lions fans, all hope is lost.
There isn't much to talk about on the Lions side of the ball. With Kevin Smith out for the rest of the season Maurice Morris will start the game against the Cards. Arizona gives up about 111 yards a game on the ground, so you can run on this team. More telling is the fact that at week 8 the Cards gave up under 100 yards a game on the ground, so they have been putrid against opposing backs the past 6 weeks.
If the Lions want to stay in this game they have to take advantage of Arizona's recent struggles against the rush. Last week Arizona gave up 167 yards to Frank Gore on 25 carries. Not good folks, not good.
This is a game that Kevin Smith would really be effective in. Arizona really struggles against fast shifty backs that are involved in the passing game. Unfortunately for the Lions Maurice Morris is none of these things. It will be interesting to see how he does.
Arizona has been much better against the pass so don't expect Culpepper to have a good game, and with the Card's ballhawking secondary it's not a stretch to think that Culpepper turns the ball over at least 3 times.
A good quarterback would take advantage of Arizona's aggressive secondary, Culpepper is not a good quarterback.
Arizona is coming off an embarrassing loss to the Niners on national television last Monday, and are angrier than Ricky Williams pot dealer after finding out the Holistic one is cleaning up his act.
Unfortunately for Detroit, they are the ones that get to face off this pissed off Cards team. This is probably the worst position to be in if you are a bad team, facing a really good team after a tough loss. Good teams usually rebound quickly and make it a point to beat up their next opponant.
Larry Fitzgerald hurt his knee in the 3rd quarter last week and left the game only to return later in the same quarter. An MRI revealed a slight sprain and a bone bruise, he's practiced, limited of course, but the fact that he's been on the practice field indicates Larry Miss Cleo Fitzgerald will likely play.
The Cards Offense turned the ball over 7 times last week, including 5 fumbles. Its safe to assume Coach Ken Whisenhunt stressed ball security all week and we should see improvement this week, especially against the Lion's bad defense.
Running back Tim Hightower obviously fell out of favor with Coach Whisenhunt and most of the carries are more than likely going to go to rookie Beanie Wells. Wells has been playing better as of late and has improved in pass protection, which has allowed him to stay on the field during passing downs, which for the Cards, are 80% of the time.
Beanie Wells will most likely carry the game 20 times and should have his best game as a rookie against this putrid defense.
So to sum this game up, Detroit will try to keep the high powered Cards offense on the sideline and run the ball while limited turnovers. On defense the Lions will drop safeties over the top off Fitzgerald and drop a linebacker in coverage in the middle of the field where Bolden likes to operate. Will this slow Warner and the Cards down? Most likely not.
Arizona is going to try to start fast, get up early with some big plays through the air, and then control the game with the ground attack. I expect their defense to force the Lions into bad plays and turn the ball over often. I wouldn't be surprised if Arizona actually gets a score on defense as well, so for you Fantasy players out there, if the Cards defense is available in your league, go get them and put them in your starting lineup.
This game will not be competitive. The Cards are looking to clinch their division and will be hitting on all cylinders.
Prediction Cardinals 41 Lions 17
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