Arizona Cardinals vs. Detroit Lions - 12/9/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Detroit Lions (4-8) at Arizona Cardinals (3-9)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 4:25 pm (University of Phoenix Stadium)
The Line: Arizona Cardinals +2.5 -- Over/Under: 40.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals meet Sunday in week 14 NFL action at State Farm Stadium.
The Detroit Lions could use a feel good victory here after losing five of their last six games. The Detroit Lions have lost four of their last five road games. Matthew Stafford is completing 66.5 percent of his passes for 3,086 yards, 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Stafford has three or more touchdown passes in seven of his last 11 games. Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. have combined for 1,362 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Theo Riddick has 51 receptions. The Detroit Lions ground game is averaging 101.4 yards per contest, and Kerryon Johnson leads the way with 641 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Detroit is allowing 26.3 points and 354.5 yards per game. Jarrad Davis leads the Detroit Lions with 71 tackles, Devon Kennard has six sacks and Darius Slay has two interceptions.
The Arizona Cardinals have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since December 24-31 of last year. The Arizona Cardinals have lost five of their last six home games. Josh Rosen is completing 54.2 percent of his passes for 1,670 yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Rosen has one or less touchdown passes in seven of his 10 career games. Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald have combined for 1,098 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while David Johnson has 35 receptions. The Arizona Cardinals ground game is averaging 86 yards per contest, and Johnson leads the way with 761 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 25.8 points and 361.3 yards per game. Antoine Bethea leads the Arizona Cardinals with 97 tackles, Chandler Jones has 12 sacks and Tre Boston has three interceptions.
The Lions are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games on grass, 8-19 ATS in their last 27 games in December and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cardinals are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in December and 5-2-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Lions are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Arizona and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Lions last 6 games overall. The under is 19-7 in Cardinals last 26 home games.
The Detroit Lions haven't had the easiest schedule in the world the last couple of months, but that doesn't change the fact they've been held to 20 or less points in five of their last six games. The Arizona Cardinals are coming off one of the biggest upsets of the season in which they beat the Green Bay Packers on the road, but they haven't topped 21 points in their last seven games. The Detroit Lions are 5-3-1 ATS in their last nine games when favored of at least two points. The Arizona Cardinals are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games when an underdog of at least two points. This is a bad football game that I can see going either way. At this point, neither team even benefits from a victory, as it should all be about getting a better draft pick. I wouldn't touch this game with a 10-foot pole. If forced to pick, I'd take the Cardinals and the free points at home. In a brutal game where both teams are in awful form, I usually side with the free points. It’s the only edge I have.