Dec. 16, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: The Arizona Cardinals line up against the Detroit Lions at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals: 5 Questions with Raising Zona

The Detroit Lions look for a little revenge in the desert following last season’s stink-bomb against the Arizona Cardinals. Perhaps that provides a little extra focus to avoid a letdown following an impressive win over the Minnesota Vikings.

I got together with Raising Zona‘s Scott Allen for a Q&A to get a Cardinals perspective on the game.

1. Starting the season with a loss is always disappointing, but how much more disappointing was it considering the Cardinals had a double-digit lead heading into the fourth quarter?

Honestly, it was disappointing but I saw a lot of improvement over last year. Just based on hos things were going, I expected the fourth quarter collapse. There are no moral victories in the NFL but lots of encouraging things and things that are correctable.

2. What encouraged you in the opener that you hope to see in week two?

The offense. The Cards have a real NFL quarterback now. Palmer did a really good job. He had the one boneheaded interception, but overall it was very encouraging to see the Cards move the ball.

3. What is an are the Cardinals need to improve from last week to have a chance against the Lions?

Tackle Levi Brown. He has to do a better job of protecting Carson Palmer’s blind side. They also need to work on balance. 40 passing plays to 30 rushing plays last week. They had the fourth quarter lead but seemed to get away from what they did in the first half a bit.

4. What are your thoughts on Carson Palmer? A good temporary option or just delaying what needs to be done at quarterback?

I’m good with him until they can draft someone in the next couple of season for him to mentor. Some see him as a stop-gap but I think he’s the guy for at least the next two to three years at least, as long as he produces and stays healthy.

5. What is your prediction for Lions-Cardinals on Sunday?

Cardinals 31, Lions 28

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