Will the real Arizona Cardinals please stand up? Yeah, that's not going to happen -- at least not against the Detroit Lions. Their losing streak should hit the 10-game mark today, and all you can really hope for -- and it’s a fool’s hope at best -- is that they don’t get embarrassed in a fashion similar to their 58-0 loss in Seattle last week.
Ryan Lindley not turning over the ball will be key. The Arizona offense committed 6 turnovers in Seattle last week, and 4 of those were interceptions. Stopping the Lions front 7 will also be key, and a difficult task to say the least for the Cardinals offense. They should try to get the ball to LaRod Stephens-Howling on the outside a little more frequently, as he has the speed and elusiveness to avoid the Lions’ heavy personnel sets on defense. Beanie Wells has been getting less and less carries of late, and it’s advisable that they continue this trend.
The defense has quite the task ahead of them, and the matchup of Calvin Johnson vs. Patrick Peterson will go a long way in deciding the direction of this game. If the Cardinals don’t give him safety help over the top, it could be another very long day in what has been a very disappointing season for the young cornerback. Darnell Dockett should be more involved in this game for the Cardinals defense following his quarrel with Ken Whisenhunt. Getting Dockett back should help with the pass rush.
It won’t be easy, but the Arizona Cardinals need to find a way to at least keep this respectable. Pride has to take over at some point, and following a 58-0 loss to the Seahawks, what better time than now? Your fan base needs you to keep it close Cardinals, but I still don’t see it happening. I expect modest improvement from the Cardinals and a 35-9 loss to the Lions.