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Arizona Cardinals vs. Detroit Lions Free Pick 9/15/13

Detroit Lions (1-0) at Arizona Cardinals (0-1)

NFL Football: Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm (University of Phoenix Stadium)

The Line: Arizona Cardinals 0 -- Over/Under: 48 See the Latest Odds


The Lions look to remain undefeated as they take to the road to face the Arizona Cardinals, who play in their home opener after dropping their season opener against the Rams last weekend.

The Lions started off with a bang against their division rivals from Minnesota, and while they had some leaky holes on defense, it is hard to gauge exactly where they need work as Adrian Peterson can make any defense look like they belong in a Pop Warner league. Matt Stafford was effective through the air and while Calvin Johnson was limited in terms of production, the Lions were able to generate a ton of offense, led by newcomer Reggie Bush and backup Joique Bell. Detroit continued to live up to their reputation of having an edgy defense, namely Ndamukong Suh who was dealt a $100,000 fine for his actions against the Vikings, though the lighter wallet hasn’t had much of an effect on the former Nebraska Cornhuskers’ play. Detroit looked solid at home, but the Vikings aren’t exactly a good litmus test for future success and now taking to the road against a pass savvy Cards team with an underrated defense could prove to be a tougher task than some think.

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Arizona Cardinals vs. Detroit Lions Free Pick 9/15/13

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Arizona is coming off a tough loss to their division rivals from St. Louis and it seems as though every time those two teams get together, it is a battle fought right to the end and last week was no different. The Arizona secondary was shredded by Sam Bradford, at times, so they’ll have to sharpen up if they want to shutdown Calvin Johnson, but playing in front of the home fans could be a benefactor for the red and white here. Carson Palmer enjoyed a pretty successful debut with his new team, but he still has questionable decision-making skills sometimes and threw a critical pick late in the game once again and until he can rectify his carelessness, it could be a while before the Cards can win games on a consistent basis. Larry Fitzgerald, however, loves having his new quarterback in town as he is able to once again show he is one of the best wideouts in the game and he is due for a bounce back season for the ages. This is going to be a great game between two high octane offenses and while the Lions have the better ground game, I think the Cards have the more balanced aerial attack and a better defense, so they shouldn’t be considered this much of a home dog. I’ll take the points and perhaps the outright win by the Cards.

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