Week 2: Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals
Braden Shackelford: Detroit suffered their worst defeat last season (38-10) to the Cardinals and will be looking for revenge. In their match up a season ago, the Lions offense was without Ryan Broyles and Nate Burleson. This season, Both Burleson and Broyles will be back and hopefully closer to 100 percent, and the Lions’ offense will be even more explosive with Reggie Bush coming out of the backfield and taking advantage of the attention Calvin Johnson gets. While the Cardinals should be a very good defense and much improved under Bruce Arians’ offense featuring Carson Palmer. However, the Lions offense will be too much to handle and their defense should be able to force some turnovers while the Cardinals work out the kinks in their new offense.
Prediction: Lions win 27-17 (2-0)
Matt Pelc: The Lions should win this game. Arizona figures to have a tough defense but will struggle on offense once again. Still it doesn’t seem to matter how bad or good the Cardinals and Lions are when they play in the desert, the Lions always lose.
The Lions have lost four straight games to the Cardinals and haven’t won in Arizona since 1993. They have lost some strange games there, from the Bobby Ross “going for two” debacle in 1998, to the upset after the Lions started 6-2 in 2007 (starting the long cascade to that season), and of course the total failure that was last December’s 38-10 pasting.
The Lions should win this game, like every game they play in Arizona. I am tempted to think they won’t, but they’re due.
Prediction: Lions win 20-17 (2-0)
Dean Holden: It’s probably best that the Lions get this long road trip out of the way early. The trip itself is liable to be the most difficult part of this game, as the Cardinals organization seems to be on the right track, but in the early stages. There will be a lot of talk about Carson Palmer at quarterback, but the real reason the Cardinals had such severe woes at quarterback last season is that the offensive line could provide them with neither time nor health. Palmer, a prototypical pocket passer, will have issues keeping the Lions’ pass rush off of him, especially considering their first-round pick, guard Jonathan Cooper, is on season-ending injured reserve.
Prediction: Lions 27, Cardinals 10 (2-0)