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Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals
Where and when: University of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix, Arizona, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Two teams currently on devastating losing streaks in the Detroit Lions as well as the Arizona Cardinals will get together on Sunday afternoon at 4:25 p.m. Eastern Standard Time at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona, for an NFC showdown. The Detroit Lions are winless in their last two games as their last loss came at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams as Matthew Stafford was sacked 4 times in the game while the Lions turned the ball over twice en route to their fifth defeat in 6 games.
On the other hand, the Arizona Cardinals halted a 3 game losing streak as they were winners over the Green Bay Packers by a 20-17 score on the road last weekend as a Zane Gonzalez field goal was the difference late in the game, thus sealing the victory for the home team Cardinals as their first road win in four outings, overall.
The Detroit Lions picked up the 35-23 win in the last meeting amongst these teams on September 10th 2017, as they also covered the spread as 2.5 home underdogs. Nonetheless, the Lions have not fared well against the spread in their last six games in Arizona while the home team is 11- 1 against the spread in the last 12 meeting amongst these two teams.
Cardinals score huge win over Packers in last outing
While the Phoenix offense was as normal as ever and putting up only 20 points on the day, the defense for the Cardinals was certainly much better as they allowed only 17 points to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in their last outing at Lambeau Field. The 17 points they allowed to the Packers were in fact, their best defensive output in the Cardinals last three games, overall, as they were allowing teams to score an average of 34 points per game prior to their meeting with Green Bay.
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Nonetheless, Phoenix was able to remain resilient throughout as this allowed them to put themselves in a position to pull off an upset over a struggling Green Bay Packers squad, altogether. Largely due to their rushing attack, the victory can be attributed to Duke Johnson who had 20 rushes for 69 yards for a running game that came into the game ranking dead last within the NFL in rushing yards per game, rushed for 182 yards on a shaky defensive front for Green Bay. On the other hand, Josh Rosen threw for 149 yards on the night while Christian Kirk led the receiving for with three receptions for 54 yards total in the much-needed win for Phoenix.
The defense for the Cardinals allowed the Green Bay rushing attack less than 100 yards for the game while Aaron Rodgers finished with 233 yards along with a touchdown pass. Of course, the Phoenix Cardinals will be looking to utilize the same aggressive type of philosophy on the defensive end versus a Detroit team that has struggled on the offensive end for the last 4 weeks.
Detroit struggles on offense continues
While Phoenix has certainly snuggled on the offensive end, Detroit has struggled even more in recent weeks as their offense is only putting up an average of 15 points per game in their last five outings. And while there was never much expectation for the rushing attack for Detroit throughout the year, it’s 17th right passing attack has severely sputtered during their current losing skid as Matthew Stafford has not thrown for 300 yards in his last five outings while his touchdown to interception ratio stands at 4 – 5.
Stafford passed for 245 yards along with a touchdown and an interception versus the Los Angeles Rams as he was sacked a total of four times during the contest. On the other hand, Levine Toilolo led the receiving corps with 90 yards on four catches. The rushing attacks for the Lions barely reached the 100-yard mark as LeGarrette Blount rushed for 61 yards on 16 attempts.
On the defensive end, Todd Gurley ran all over the Detroit defense as he picked up 132 yards along with two touchdowns in the win for Los Angeles. On the other hand, Jared Goff had an easy night at the office due to the effectiveness of the running game as he passed for 207 yards along with a touchdown to Robert Woods, who led the receiving corps with 67 yards on five catches. In all, Detroit could not have played a worse game as they were pushed around constantly within the trenches while only going 1-5 within the Red Zone on the night.
- Cardinals are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC
- Cardinals are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game
- Under is 6-1 in Cardinals last 7 games after accumulating less than 150 yards passing in their previous game.
- Lions are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record
- Lions are 7-1-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record
- Over is 5-1 in Lions last 6 games on grass.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Despite the troubles that the Lions have had in recent outings, expect Stafford & Company to come out on the offensive end and move the ball a bit in this contest versus the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon. Again, the Lions have had some tough sledding, lately, and we’ll set mean but to come out Arizona team that has place that are on the defensive it, yet have had their problems on the offensive end this year. And also, expect the Lions to come up with a hard part victories due to their ability to run the ball a bit on an Arizona defensive front that has been taken advantage of is it relates to protecting the run in 2018.
Prediction: Pick: Detroit Lions -145
Full-Game Total Pick
The over has been the play in four of their last five games for the Detroit Lions, primarily due to the fact that their defense has given away points like candy, recently. On the other hand, the under has been the play for the Cardinals in four of their last five games and will certainly continue in this matchup as I see the Lions offense struggling, once again. On the other hand, do not look for Arizona to light it up versus an awful Lions defense as their offense simply has not been consistent enough in which to do so. Nonetheless, while both teams will put some points on the board, do not look for the total to surpass its set limit of 40.5 points for this contest on Sunday.
Prediction: Pick: Under 40.5
Full-Game Prop Bet
I will indeed back the Arizona Cardinals with the points at home in this contest is I happen to believe that Detroit will indeed continue to struggle moving forward in the 2018 season. The fact is that Detroit does not possess the offensive line in the witch to protect Matthew Stafford consistently in which to allow the passing game to progress. As stated, the rushing attack for Detroit has been non-existent this year, so, it has been entirely up to the passing game in which to keep games competitive for Detroit. With that being the case, look for a defense for the Cardinals to neutralize an already inconsistent Lions offense while also covering the spread, while possibly obtaining the outright win on Sunday.
Prediction: Pick: Arizona Cardinals + 3
Half-Time Side Pick
Again, Arizona is ranked in the lower tier of teams within the NFL in defending the run this year and I expect the Lions to get their running game started in this contest on Sunday as they will control the pace of the game early. With that being the case, the Lions will certainly go in at the half with a slight lead advantage and, along with Stafford’s ability to come out of his funk a bit in finding his receivers throughout the first half, the visitors will very much cash in on the spread as the second quarter comes to a close.
Prediction: Pick: Detroit Lions -1
Half-Time Total Bet
Much like both offenses have done all season, they may indeed pick up some yardage as the defenses for each have struggled either in the pass, or, in defending the run in 2018; However, do not look for the score to go above 20 points for the half in this contest as the offenses from both teams will sputter at pivotal points early on, thus affecting the overall total. In other words, look for this to be a game one where field goals will be the mantra as neither offense has shown that they have the ability to score touchdowns with consistency.
Prediction: Pick: Under 20
Half-Time Prop Prediction
As stated, Detroit will get their running game kick started early versus an Arizona defense that has struggled to defend the run this year, as stated. On the other hand, Stafford will also show and prove in this matchup vs a solid past secondary for Arizona as well. With that being the case, look for Detroit to cash in on the money line at the half as they will certainly go in the break having played a solid half while gaining an enormous amount of confidence.
Prediction: Pick: Detroit Lions -140