|Last 3 Games||0-3||-4.8||0-2||2-1||28.0||19.3||454.0||(5.8)||1.3||32.0||12.7||416.0||(6.3)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||24.6||11.0||24.5||32:42||25-106||(4.2)||28-46||60.8%||308||(6.8)||71-414||(5.9)||(16.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||21.9||10.8||20||31:36||27-114||(4.2)||22-36||60.7%||227||(6.4)||63-341||(5.4)||(15.6)|
|Offense Road Games||24.0||8.4||24.7||32:13||27-115||(4.2)||27-43||63.4%||293||(6.9)||70-408||(5.8)||(17)|
|Defense (All Games)||26.3||11.7||19.6||29:14||26-121||(4.7)||22-35||62.8%||228||(6.4)||61-348||(5.7)||(13.2)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.2||11||19.6||30:17||28-125||(4.5)||21-33||61.5%||215||(6.5)||61-340||(5.6)||(15.3)|
|Defense Road Games||26.0||10.6||20.0||29:34||27-120||(4.5)||23-35||64.9%||224||(6.4)||62-344||(5.6)||(13.2)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.9||0.8||1.7||-0.5||14-6||43.4%||1-0||33.3%||2-39||(19.7)||2-23||(9.7)||7-64|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.8||14-5||38.7%||1-0||45.4%||2-60||(24.6)||20-2||(9)||7-58|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.7||0.9||1.6||-0.3||13-5||39.6%||1-0||40.0%||2-42||(20.9)||2-20||(9.8)||8-70|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.8||0.5||1.2|| ||13-5||37.6%||0-0||83.3%||3-79||(23.4)||2-20||(10.8)||6-53|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.6||1.6|| ||13-5||38.1%||1-0||52.4%||3-65||(23.1)||20-2||(9.4)||6-55|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.6||0.7||1.3|| ||13-5||40.4%||0-0||100.0%||4-91||(22.6)||2-19||(9.4)||7-49|
|Last 3 Games||0-3||-3.2||1-2||2-1||7.7||6.7||222.0||(3.7)||4.3||32.0||17.3||383.0||(6.1)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||14.3||7.9||16.0||29:35||22-79||(3.6)||21-39||54.8%||191||(4.9)||61-270||(4.4)||(18.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||20.9||10.3||19.8||31:31||27-113||(4.2)||21-35||60.4%||224||(6.4)||62-337||(5.4)||(16.2)|
|Offense Home Games||17.8||10.2||18.8||30:55||22-72||(3.3)||24-41||58.5%||230||(5.6)||63-302||(4.8)||(17)|
|Defense (All Games)||22.5||12.4||18.1||31:13||32-142||(4.4)||17-30||55.4%||196||(6.5)||62-338||(5.4)||(15)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.6||11.2||19.9||30:24||29-128||(4.4)||20-32||62.3%||216||(6.7)||61-345||(5.6)||(15.3)|
|Defense Home Games||19.5||9.3||17.3||30:48||30-130||(4.3)||17-30||57.7%||209||(6.9)||60-339||(5.6)||(17.4)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.3||0.8||2.2||0.0||15-4||26.2%||2-1||38.1%||2-56||(23.5)||3-28||(8.3)||7-59|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.7||13-5||39.3%||1-0||47.8%||3-63||(23.4)||22-2||(10.1)||6-55|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.7||0.2||1.8||0.2||14-4||28.6%||2-1||54.5%||2-40||(24.1)||4-36||(9)||7-66|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.5||0.7||2.2|| ||14-5||33.9%||0-0||40.0%||2-55||(27.3)||3-28||(9.2)||7-55|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.8||0.7||1.5|| ||13-5||38.6%||1-0||53.4%||2-61||(24.7)||21-2||(9.9)||6-53|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.8||1.2||2.0|| ||14-5||35.4%||0-0||33.3%||2-62||(28.5)||3-27||(8.5)||8-66|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DETROIT 19.9, ARIZONA 22.1|
|12/9/2012||@ GREEN BAY||20-27||L||5.5||L||50||U||32-135||27-45-251||2||25-140||14-24-148||1|
|12/16/2012||@ ARIZONA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/22/2012||ATLANTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/4/2012||@ GREEN BAY||17-31||L||10.5||L||43||O||18-54||23-46-286||2||39-176||14-30-208||1|
|12/2/2012||@ NY JETS||6-7||L||6.5||W||37||U||21-81||10-31-56||1||43-177||15-28-112||4|
|12/16/2012||DETROIT|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|DETROIT: The Lions couldn't run the ball last year, so they pretty much stopped trying: They were the NFL's most pass-heavy offense, throwing 66.4 percent of the time. When they do run it's often out of a spread passing formation; more than 40 percent of their running plays were out of the shotgun. Jahvid Best will take the majority of the reps as long as he's healthy, with Kevin Smith and Mikel Leshoure rotating in. Leshoure figures to be in line for short-yardage and more traditional running formations, and he could see a handful of short touchdowns as the team's goal line back. This is an aggressive downfield passing game that has Matthew Stafford looking to get the ball to Calvin Johnson on just about every play. They'll start using Titus Young to stretch the middle of the field, and Nate Burleson is often targeted at the line of scrimmage (rookie Ryan Broyles is his heir apparent). Brandon Pettigrew is pretty much a possession wide receiver working the middle of the field, whereas No. 2 TE Tony Scheffler, who only plays about 30 percent of the snaps, stretches the middle of the field. Best and Smith are heavily involved in the screen game. Not surprisingly, the Lions threw a ton in the red zone last year. They scored 37 touchdowns from 19 yards or less last year, and only eight were rushing. When they throw in the red zone, Johnson is targeted most of the time with Pettigrew not far behind. The Lions defense has improved tremendously over the past four years. Detroit still allows too many points and yards against the league's top offenses, but this unit has the ability to punish below-average offenses. Expect breakout years from young star DLs Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh, who will enter the season injury-free and out to prove to the world that he can dominate legally, and not just stomp on unprotected offensive linemen. DL Kyle Vanden Bosch started 2012 strong before fizzling in the second half of the season (13 solo tackles, three sacks). He's certainly on the downside of his career. Stephen Tulloch didn't match his gaudy 2010 tackle numbers after coming over from Tennessee to join a unit that has two active outside linebackers in DeAndre Levy and Justin Durant, but he's reliable in the middle, especially against the run. |
|ARIZONA: The Cards have largely given up on establishing the run because of their tendency to fall behind early in games. But their power running game, featuring a man-blocking scheme and between-the-tackles pounding, still remains. Beanie Wells was moderately effective last year, though they'd rather have Ryan Williams taking a large portion of the carries as long as he's recovered from knee surgery. Arizona largely runs out of its two-receiver sets, with an even split between two tight ends and fullback Anthony Sherman. The Cards get conservative in the red zone, where Wells gets a heavy workload and should continue to for as long as he's able to remain healthy. Kevin Kolb will get another shot in the desert. The Cardinals got much more aggressive throwing downfield last season, especially letting Larry Fitzgerald battle for the 50/50 ball. They can do the same thing on the other side once rookie Michael Floyd is ready. They usually throw out of three-receiver sets, and while the No. 2 (Floyd or Andre Roberts) gets more reps, the Cards throw to the slot (Roberts or Early Doucet) underneath just as often. Even after the addition of Todd Heap, the tight ends were used sparingly. When they throw in the red zone, Fitzgerald is almost always the first look, and they'll often force it to him even in double-coverage. The slot receiver over the middle is usually the second option down near the goal line. Partly because its subpar offense kept its defense on the field for the third-most minutes in the NFL, Arizona's yardage allowed was mediocre. Although the points and sacks improved significantly, the defense did not score in 2011. DL Calais Campbell has put together four strong seasons since becoming a starter for the Cardinals. He does a nice job picking up blocking schemes and knows how to use his hands in traffic. Darnell Dockett remains one of the NFL's better defensive linemen despite the fact that his sack numbers continue to decline. Daryl Washington is a bit undersized for an inside linebacker, but he moves like a defensive back. It could be argued that Patrick Peterson's contributions on special teams last season (four return touchdowns) were more than offset by his inability to cover. Opposing quarterbacks will likely continue to attack him until he improves: He was targeted 112 times last season, a total that ranked third in the NFL. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (DETROIT-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Lions-Cardinals Preview* =========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
The Detroit Lions' latest loss included a dubious feat, but even their recent woes don't seem to compare to those of their next opponent.
While the Lions attempt to snap a five-game skid Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals seek to avoid matching the franchise's longest single-season losing streak and bounce back from one of the most lopsided defeats in NFL history.
After winning 10 games and ending an 11-year postseason drought in 2011, Detroit (4-9) has returned to its losing ways and is well out of the playoff hunt.
Last Sunday, the Lions became the seventh team in league history to blow leads of 10 or more points in three consecutive contests. They led 14-0 in the first half at Green Bay before falling 27-20.
They've lost their last five games by an average of 5.2 points.
"It's very difficult to lose in professional sports, in any kind of sport. It's even more difficult, I think, when the games are so close," coach Jim Schwartz said. "Sometimes if you get blown out, you can sort of put it off your radar pretty quickly."
Arizona (4-9) is hoping that's the case after suffering a 58-0 shellacking in Seattle last weekend, its ninth straight loss. The margin of defeat was the largest in franchise history and nearly tied the NFL record for most lopsided shutout loss.
"I apologize to our fans and everyone associated with our organization. That was embarrassing," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "We owe it to them, our fans, our supports to give them a better product than we did today and going forward that's what we've got to do, we've got to work to get better than that."
The Cardinals haven't dropped 10 straight in one season since going 0-10 in 1943, when the franchise was based in Chicago. They also shared in an 0-10 finish in 1944 when they merged with the Pittsburgh Steelers because of a player shortage during World War II.
To avoid matching that streak, Arizona likely needs to find a quick cure for an ailing offense. The Cardinals have scored 10.6 points per game during this skid and have gained less than 200 yards in three of their last four contests.
They totaled 154 against Seattle and had almost as many first downs (10) as turnovers (eight). John Skelton had four interceptions and lost a fumble, and it's unclear if he, Ryan Lindley or perhaps Brian Hoyer, claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh on Monday, will start this week.
Lindley completed eight of 17 passes for 59 yards last Sunday while Skelton was 11 of 22 for 74. Kevin Kolb, who helped lead the team to a 4-0 start, was placed on injured reserve (ribs) Wednesday.
"After a 58-0 loss like that it's hard to come in to work," Skelton said. "But whether we like it or not we're playing those next three games, and I think guys have enough pride to come out and still work and still try to get better for the rest of the year."
The Lions, meanwhile, are hoping to fight off some key injuries to avoid their longest losing streak since six consecutive defeats to end the 2009 season.
Defensive tackle Corey Williams was placed on injured reserve Wednesday (knee), and tight end Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) and defensive tackle Nick Fairley (shoulder) are being evaluated this week.
The secondary might also be thin if Louis Delmas (knee), Chris Houston (ankle) and Jacob Lacey (foot) can't go. While Houston and Lacey played through their injuries last week, Delmas sat out as the Lions gave up at least 24 points for the fifth straight game.
One positive streak that was extended last Sunday for Detroit was Calvin Johnson reaching 1,500 yards receiving for a third consecutive season. He's posted six straight 100-yard games and is 303 shy of surpassing Jerry Rice's single-season mark of 1,848 yards, set with San Francisco in 1995.
Johnson has been limited to six catches for 72 yards over two matchups with the Cardinals, though these teams haven't played since 2009.
The Lions have lost the last three meetings overall and five straight in Arizona since winning their first trip there Dec. 12, 1993.
|Last Updated: 2/26/2017 5:49:01 PM EST|