Sep 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians talks with Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz after the game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

What They're Saying About the Detroit Lions Loss to Cardinals

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Detroit Lions turn in typical dismal performance at Arizona
Pat Caputo – The Oakland Press

It was the nightmare nobody wanted, but most people who’ve lived in this town, or were raised here, or have followed the Lions closely down through the years for whatever reason, expected.

The Lions went to Arizona Sunday. They played a respectable football against a not-so-good team for an extended period of time. They lost the game in a gut-wrenching manner.

Lions’ drought in desert continues as Cardinals win late
Chris McCosky – The Detroit News

Louis Delmas said you can put the disturbing 25-21 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on the defense.

“When we take the field, we take it as the offense has given us an opportunity to get the ball on the ground and get that stop,” he said. “If we get that opportunity we feel like we should win.”

Quarterback Matthew Stafford said it was on the offense.

“We had some adversity, obviously,” he said. “We had too many penalties again…But we still had a chance to win the game at the end. That’s all you ask for in this league. We just couldn’t get it done on offense there at the end.”

Detroit Lions self-destruct, fall to Arizona Cardinals
Chris Wesseling –

With a chance to start the season 2-0, the Detroit Lions self-destructed in the second half of Sunday’s 25-21 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

The Lions were sitting on a 21-13 lead early in the third quarter following linebacker DeAndre Levy’s pick six of Carson Palmer. Penalties, mistakes and a key injury did in Detroit the rest of the way.

Lions’ loss leaves Bears alone in first
Chicago Tribune

Rashard Mendenhall scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:59 left and host Arizona’s defense shut down Detroit in the second half for a 25-21 victory to avoid its first 0-2 start since 2005.

With the loss by Detroit (1-1), the Chicago Bears are the only NFC North team with a 2-0 record.

Grading the Detroit Lions: QB Matthew Stafford solid, but rest of the team inconsistent in loss
Justin Rogers –

Grading the Detroit Lions after their 25-21 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Matthew Stafford was stellar for the second consecutive week, completing 24-36 passes for 278 yards, two touchdowns, and most importantly, no interceptions. The Lions didn’t attack the deep parts of the field often, but the quarterback was rewarded when his perfectly placed slant to wide receiver Calvin Johnson went for a 72-yard touchdown.

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