Detroit vs. Arizona,
09/08/2019 16:25 EDT,
Score: 27 - 27
Point Spread: -2½/-111 Detroit
*3 Star Play on Lions* The Detroit Lions have a defensive minded coach, and I would expect them to have a solid game plan ready for this game.
Arizona is the wild card here. What are the Cardinals going to be under Kingsbury and with Kyler Murray at quarterback? It doesn't help that Marcus Gilbert is out this week. Gilbert is key from his tackle position. Arizona doesn't have much depth at wide receiver, and there are some injury concerns there as well. I would be surprised if the air raid offense just works like a charm from the first game of the regular season. This is still a rookie quarterback and a first time NFL head coach.
The Cardinals defense is severely shorthanded in the secondary right now. They are without their top two cornerbacks. Patrick Petersen is a huge loss, but so is Robert Alford.
Detroit wants to run the ball, and I think they should be able to find some room to run against this Cardinals front seven. That should open things up for Stafford and the passing game for Detroit.
Detroit is healthier and this is a team that has had more continuity. Arizona has too many question marks right now.