Arizona will be looking to extend its perfect start to the season when it hosts Detroit on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals are coming off an impressive win against Washington, while the Lions fell to 0-2 with a loss to Green Bay.
Lions coming off blowout loss to PackersDetroit enters Week 3 of the NFL season with a 0-2 record. The Lions blew a 23-6 lead against Chicago in their season-opener and then failed to compete with Green Bay in the second half last week. Their defense allowed Green Bay to rack up 259 rushing yards on 35 carries. Aaron Rodgers completed 18 of 30 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns, but he did not need to do nearly as much as he did in Week 1. The Lions led 14-3 at the end of the first quarter, but they were outscored by 14 points in the second quarter and by 17 points in the third quarter. They added a late touchdown in the 42-21 loss.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 20 of 33 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw an interception and was sacked four times by the Packers. Running back Adrian Peterson picked up 41 yards on seven carries and Kerryon Johnson added eight rushes for 32 yards and a touchdown. Tight end T.J. Hockenson has been Stafford’s favorite target in the passing game this season. He caught four passes for 62 yards on Sunday, adding to his six receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. Running back D’Andre Swift caught five passes for 60 yards out of the backfield.
Cardinals looking to extend perfect startKyler Murray is quickly emerging as one of the league’s premier quarterbacks. He led the Cardinals to another win last week after picking up a 24-20 upset against San Francisco in Week 1. They notched a 30-15 victory against Washington in Week 2, jumping out to a 20-0 lead at halftime. The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2019 completed 26 of 38 passes for 286 yards and a touchdown against Washington, also throwing one interception. His ability to make plays happen on the ground will be critical against this bad Detroit defense. He rushed for 67 yards on eight carries last week, scoring two touchdowns in the process.
Standout wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has been a clutch offseason acquisition for Murray thus far. Hopkins has caught 22 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown through two games. He had eight of those catches for 68 yards and a score against Washington. Wide receiver Andy Isabella had two receptions for 67 yards and Christian Kirk added two catches for 57 yards. Veteran Larry Fitzgerald is still someone for defenses to watch out for as well, catching seven balls for 50 yards last week. Running back Kenyan Drake rushed for 86 yards on 20 carries against Washington. The Arizona defense is No. 9 in defensive DVOA through two games.
Stats & Trends
- 2-11 ATS in its last 13 games
- 0-6 ATS in its last six road games
- 4-0-1 ATS in its last five games
- 9-1 ATS in its last 10 home games vs. Detroit
There is a reason this line has already moved two points since opening at -3.5. The Cardinals have simply been undervalued through two games and it should take a little bit longer for the full adjustment to be made. Detroit cannot stop a nose bleed right now and it’s tough to envision that defense slowing down Murray and co. Arizona’s defense has looked sharp thus far and I expect it to do enough against Stafford to cover this number. The Cardinals are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 home games against the Lions.