Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals - 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 +3 -- Over/Under: 40.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Detroit Lions and the Arizona Cardinals meet in week 14 NFL action from State Farm Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Detroit Lions are in dire need of a win after losing 5 of their last 6 games following a 30-16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in their last outing. Matt Stafford has thrown for 3,086 yards, 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while Kerryon Johnson has rushed for 641 yards and 3 touchdowns this season. Kenny Golladay leads the Lions’ receiving corps with 55 catches for 854 yards and 5 touchdowns while Theo Riddick has added 51 grabs for 338 yards this season. Defensively, Devon Kennard leads Detroit with 6 sacks and Romeo Okwara has 5.5 sacks while Jarrad Davis has 4 sacks and a team-high 52 tackles this season. As a team, Detroit is averaging 340 yards of total offense and 21.2 points per game this season.
The Arizona Cardinals will be looking to build on a 20-17 win over Green Bay in their last outing. Josh Rosen has thrown for 1,670 yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions on 54.2% passing while David Johnson has rushed for 761 yards and 6 touchdowns this year. Christian Kirk leads Arizona’s receiving corps with 590 receiving yards along with 43 tackles and 3 touchdowns while Larry Fitzgerald has a team-high 47 tackles for 508 yards and 5 touchdowns this season. Defensively, Chandler Jones leads the Cardinals and is 3rd in the NFL with 12 sacks while Antoine Bethea leads Arizona with 79 tackles this season. As a team, Arizona is averaging 239.3 yards of total offense and 14.6 points per game this season.
Detroit is 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the NFC. Arizona is 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games against the NFC and 4-12-2 ATS in their last 18 games following a win while the under is 19-7 in their last 26 home games. The home team is 12-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings between these two teams.
Despite a pair of brutal records, both of these teams aren’t actually that bad ATS. However, last week’s win over Green Bay saw the Cardinals break the 20-point mark for just the 3rd time in 12 games this season, and the Cardinals are either last or 2nd last in most offensive statistical categories, including the lowest-scoring offense in the league with just over two touchdowns per game. Detroit’s receiving corps has some serious injury issues, but overall, the Lions have been the more trustworthy offense this season. I’ll lay the points with the Lions on the road as Detroit should win this one, and I emphasize the word should.