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Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals Pick & Prediction SEP 27TH 2020

Complete TV: FOX University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale
481Lions Detroit
482Cardinals Arizona
OP
50
-3.5
CU
52o -110
-5 -110
ML
ML: 190
ML: -230
Partials
1 2 3
3 14 3 6
7 6 10 0
Score
26
23

The Detroit Lions are winless and hampered with many key players injured, but one offensive weapon is expected to make his season debut on Sunday against the unbeaten Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz.

 

Star wide receiver Kenny Golladay missed the Lions' opening two games -- losses to NFC North rivals Chicago and Green Bay -- with a hamstring injury. He practiced in a limited capacity on Wednesday for the first time since Sept. 9.

 

Arizona, 2-0 for the first time since 2015, started the week as a 6.5-point favorite, according to BetMGM, but the line quickly moved to 5.5 after news broke of Golladay's likely return.

 

Golladay, 26, led the NFL with 11 touchdown catches last season and finished seventh in the league with 1,190 receiving yards.

 

"Obviously, it hurts when you're losing one of your best guys, so hopefully we'll be able to get him back this week," Detroit offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell told the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday. "(He) adds a different dimension. It totally changes the way that the defense looks at you."

 

Golladay is quarterback Matthew Stafford's top deep threat. Golladay averaged 18.3 yards per catch last season. This season, Stafford has completed just two passes of more than 20 yards after completing eight through the first two weeks last year.

 

Detroit's personnel issues were magnified in its season-opening loss to Chicago when cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Justin Coleman went down with hamstring injuries and linebacker Jamie Collins was ejected.

 

Coleman was put on IR and the Lions also lost starting left guard Joe Dahl last week to the injured reserve with an ailing groin.

 

Defensive tackle Nick Williams (shoulder) was limited and Trufant did not practice Wednesday. Williams and Trufant are listed as questionable for Sunday.

 

Arizona is rolling behind second-year quarterback Kyler Murray. In the win over the Washington Football Team last week, Murray passed for 286 yards, ran for 67 and accounted for three touchdowns.

 

"He adds a different dynamic to this offense where he can go and score from 20, 30 yards out," said Arizona wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who leads the NFL with 22 receptions (for 219 yards).

 

"It's something that is hard for defenders to be able to attack when you have a quarterback like that that is looking to score and not just getting first downs."

 

Arizona plays three straight games against teams who are a combined 0-6 -- the Lions, Carolina Panthers and New York Jets -- before hosting a Week 6 Monday Night Football game against Dallas.

 

Arizona second-year coach Kliff Kingsbury is not entirely pleased with his team's start. The Cardinals lead the NFL with 20 penalties.

 

"Our players have to understand that we have to take what we're saying on the practice field and practicing on the practice field and transition to the games," Kingsbury said of the penalties.

 

The Cardinals on Monday activated receiver KeeSean Johnson from the COVID-19 reserve list after a 10-day stint and placed tight end Maxx Williams on the injured reserve with an ankle injury.

 

Christian Kirk, a third-year receiver who has only three receptions, is listed as questionable with a groin injury. He missed practice Wednesday, as did starting center Mason Cole (hamstring). Starting DE Jordan Phillips (ankle) also missed practice. Starting cornerback Byron Murphy (shoulder) was limited.

 

Arizona has received approval from local and state health officials to have a small controlled group of spectators. The group will be limited to no more than 750 people, and it will be comprised of immediate family members or close friends of the players, coaches and staff.

 

--Field Level Media

 

Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals

Matt Prater made a 37-yard field goal as time expired and the Detroit Lions snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 26-23 victory Sunday over the Arizona Cardinals at Glendale, Ariz.

Arizona (2-1) was bidding for its first 3-0 start since 2015. The Lions (1-2) were winless since Oct. 27 of last year when they earned a home victory over the New York Giants.

The game was played at State Farm Stadium with a small group of fans in attendance amid COVID-19 health and safety restrictions. The crowd of 750 was limited to immediate family members of the players, coaches and Cardinals' staff.

The Lions took their game-winning drive to the Arizona 18 to set up Prater's game-winning field goal, the 16th of his career.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, who completed all four of his passing attempts in his 35th game-winning drive of his career and connected on a 20-yard pass to Hall to get the ball to the Arizona 18 with 58 seconds left.

Stafford completed 22 of 31 pass attempts for 270 yards with two touchdowns. Former Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson finished with 75 yards on 22 carries for the Lions.

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray's third interception of the game helped Detroit set up a 24-yard field goal by Prater with 5:27 left in the third quarter to give the Lions a 20-16 lead.

Murray threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Andy Isabella, their second scoring connection of the game, to put Arizona back on top 23-20 lead with 35 seconds left in the third quarter. Murray completed 4 of 5 passes on the possession.

The second-year quarterback completed 23 of 35 pass attempts in the game for 270 yards.

A 35-yard field goal by Prater with 6:44 left in the fourth quarter tied the game at 23. That score was set up by Jamal Agnew's 19-yard punt return to the Arizona 36-yard line.

Arizona receiver DeAndre Hopkins finished with 10 receptions for 137 yards. He has five or more catches in 21 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL.

Larry Fitzgerald had one catch as he increased his streak to 246 straight games with a reception, trailing only Jerry Rice (274).

Detroit led 17-13 at halftime behind two touchdown passes by Stafford to Isabella and Kenny Golladay, who had six catches for 57 yards.

--Field Level Media