Dec. 16, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) greets Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) following the game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions 2014 Opponent Preview: Arizona Cardinals

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The Detroit Lions make what seems like an annual trip to the desert to take on the Arizona Cardinals in week 11.

To get a feel for the Cardinals side of preparations for the 2014 season I got together with Scott Allen of Raising Zona for a Q&A. Here are my questions followed by his answers.

1. How would you assess the team’s offseason? Did they do what they needed to do through the draft and free agency?

I believe the Arizona Cardinals did just fine in free agency. They did what they could. Added nice pieces Antonio Cromartie, Ted Ginn Jr., John Carlson, and Jonathan Dwyer. The draft surprised some people. First round pick Deone Bucannon, safety out of Washington State, is a hard hitter who will bring it. I also love the Cards choice of wide receiver John Brown out of Division II Pittsburg State. He’s a speedster and will help tremendously in the return game.

2. Which Rookie are you most excited to see play in 2014 and why?

Well, turns out I just answered this question. Without a doubt Brown. With five career returns, three via punt return and two via kick return, he will be a nice compliment/replacement for Patrick Peterson on special teams.

3. What is the biggest question that still needs to be answered heading into training camp?

To me it is the health of guard Jonathan Cooper. The 2013 first round pick broke his leg in the preseason last August. He missed all of 2013 and is not ready to go yet. He participated in the mini camps but is nowhere near game-ready yet.

4. What are your expectations for the team in 2014?

The NFC West is tough no doubt. Based on the schedule, I see a season similar to 2013. At best I see 11-5 but could be as bad as 8-8. I’ll go out on a limb and say 11-5 and make the playoffs. I won’t predict an NFC West championship though. Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49’ers still exist.

5. Right here, right now, are you marking down the game against the Lions as a win, loss or toss-up?

At this point, I have to mark it as a win. The Cards have had the Lions number in recent history. Cards have won the last five games. This game is in Glendale again. Cards were 7-1 at home in 2013, including a 25-21 victory over the Lions in Glendale.

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