TV Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 15, 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium
Entering the 2013 season, the Arizona Cardinals hoped to have a better quarterback situation with Carson Palmer under center than in years past where the offense has severely faltered with no viable option at quarterback. Palmer had a great week one performance in the Cardinals’ loss to the St. Louis Rams, passing for 327 yards and two touchdowns, making Larry Fitzgerald a happy man at wide receiver. The team’s top wide out, Fitzgerald, caught eight passes for 80 yards and two scores — a type of game that was unheard of for any Cardinals wide out a season ago.
On the other side of the field, the Detroit Lions may be one of the most underrated teams in the NFL in terms of talent on offense. Matthew Stafford passed for over 350 yards and two touchdowns in the week one victory — which could be four scores if it wasn’t for Calvin Johnson‘s miscues. New running back Reggie Bush broke out in a big way, rushing for 90 yards on 21 carries while also catching four passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. Johnson underachieved a bit, catching just four passes for 37 yards and no scores.
Defensively, the Lions looked a bit improved from a season ago — especially in the pass game. Intercepting three of Christian Ponder‘s passes and keeping the Minnesota Vikings‘ QB to a mere 225 was quite the upgrade in secondary from a season ago. On the other hand, the Cardinals forced two turnovers and held the Rams to just 366 yards of total offense.
PREDICTION: Lions 34, Cardinals 30