Detroit Lions Look to Snap Streak Against the Arizona Cardinals
The Detroit Lions will look to snap a five-game losing streak and extend the Arizona Cardinals' own run of futility when they square-off at University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday.
Detroit (4-9) has seen its playoff-hopes torpedoed this season by continuously giving up fourth-quarter leads. In fact, the Lions 27-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers last week was the third consecutive game they gave up a lead of 10 or more points.
Arizona (4-9) has not won a game since starting the season 4-0, which is now a streak of nine game and counting. Last week in Seattle, the Cardinals suffered one of the most lopsided losses in NFL history when falling 58-0 to the Seahawks.
This week's NFL odds have the Lions listed as a 6.5-point favorite. The over/under has been installed at 44 points.
For the Lions to have success Sunday they will likely need to get their running game going. Running back Mikel Leshoure has been a pleasant surprise for Detroit this season, running for 670 yards and seven touchdowns. This week he catches an Arizona defense that is giving up an average of 140.5 yards a game—which is third-worse in the NFL.
The other storyline to watch in this game is wide receiver Calvin Johnson's bid at breaking Jerry Rice's single-season receiving yards record of 1,848 yards. Johnson has 1,546 receiving yards this season with two games to play, so there is an outside chance he can get the record. However, he will be matched up Sunday against the Cardinals' Patrick Peterson, who is one of the top cover men in the NFL.
Detroit is the much better team on paper and get to play this one at home. That should be enough for the Lions to cover the 6.5-point spread.