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Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals Prediction,
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#481 Detroit
Lions 6
#482 Arizona
Cardinals -6

Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 4:25pm

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The Arizona Cardinals will be going for their third consecutive win when they take on the winless Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon.

Line Movements:

Arizona opened this game as a 3.5-point favorite when the lines came out. That line is now up to Arizona -5.5 points as of Saturday night. 76 percent of the bets against the spread are on the Cardinals to cover the line.

The total for this game opened at 51.5 points. Since then, it has climbed steadily to its current mark of 56 points, though it can be found at 55.5 at a few sportsbooks. Even with the increase, 61 percent of the bets on the total are looking for this one to go over the mark.

Game-time Weather: State Farm Stadium is a retractable roof venue.

Lions Trying To Pick Up First Win Of Season

The Lions followed up their close loss to Chicago in their season-opener with a blowout at the hands of Green Bay in their last game. They will try to rebound from the losses and pick up their first win of the year when they play the Cardinals.

Detroit hasn’t played well offensively, averaging 22 points per game. They are averaging 253 passing yards and 113.5 passing yards per game.

Matthew Stafford has completed 44 of 75 passes for 541 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. Adrian Peterson leads the team with 134 yards on 21 carries, while T.J. Hockenson leads the team with nine receptions for 118 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, Detroit hasn’t played well, giving up 34.5 points per game. They will need to play better than they did in their first two games if they want to get the win.

Injury Report:

OUT: WR Geronimo Allison, DT John Atkins, FB Nick Bawden, OL Russell Bodine, DE Austin Bryant, TE Howard Bryant, CB Justin Coleman, DT Jashon Cornell, G Joe Dahl, CB Mike Ford, S Jayron Kearse, RB Bo Scarbrough, CB Desmond Trufant

Questionable: S C.J. Moore, T Halapoulivaati Vaitai

Cardinals Trying To Stay Perfect

The Cardinals are off to a good start this season after winning their first two games. With their next three games coming against struggling teams, they will try to take advantage of those teams as they try to win the NFC West title this season.

Arizona has played well offensively, averaging 27 points per game. They are averaging 251 passing yards and 170 rushing yards per game.

Kyler Murray has completed 52 of 78 passes for 516 yards two touchdowns, and two interceptions. He also leads the team with 158 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while DeAndre Hopkins leads the team with 22 catches for 219 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, the Cardinals are one of the best teams in the league, holding opponents to 17.5 points per game. They will need to keep up the defensive intensity if they want to beat the Lions on Sunday.

Injury Report:

OUT: CB Robert Alford, OL Mason Cole, OL Marcus Gilbert, WR Christian Kirk, S Jalen Thompson, OL Brett Toth, TE Maxx Williams

Questionable: CB Dre Kirkpatrick, DE Jordan Phillips

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Lions haven’t played well on defense this season, giving up 34.5 points per game. They have struggled against the run giving up a league-leading 205 rushing yards per game and will have a hard time slowing down the Cardinals, who are averaging 170 yards per game. They will also have a hard time containing Kyler Murray, who has rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns so far. The Cardinals have done well defensively giving up 17.5 points per game. Even though the Lions are averaging 22 points per game, they scored 21 points in their first road game and won’t be able to keep up with the Cardinals, who are averaging 27 points per game.

Prediction: Arizona Cardinals -5.5

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The Cardinals have not given up more than 20 points in a game this season and likely won’t start this week against a Lions team that hasn’t scored more than 23 points in a game this season. The Lions are giving up 34.5 points per game and will give up a lot of points to the Cardinals in this game, but it won’t be enough to push the score over the total.

Prediction: Under 55.5

Half-Time Side Pick
Rating:

The Cardinals will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Lions in the first half of their games, averaging 15 points per game while the Lions average 13.5 points per game.

Prediction: Arizona Cardinals

Half-Time Total Bet
Rating:

The Cardinals and Lions are averaging 28.5 combined points per game in the first half of their games and will go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over

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