|Last 3 Games||1-0||+1||1-0||1-0||34.0||13.0||469.0||(6.2)||2.0||24.0||14.0||330.0||(6.6)||4.0|
|Offense (All Games)||34.0||13.0||28.0||36:19||33-117||(3.5)||28-43||65.1%||352||(8.2)||76-469||(6.2)||(13.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||34||13||28||36:19||33-117||(3.5)||28-43||65.1%||352||(8.2)||76-469||(6.2)||(13.8)|
|Defense (All Games)||24.0||14.0||16.0||23:41||22-105||(4.8)||18-28||64.3%||225||(8)||50-330||(6.6)||(13.7)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||24||14||16||24:41||22-105||(4.8)||18-28||64.3%||225||(8)||50-330||(6.6)||(13.7)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.0||1.0||2.0||2.0||13-5||38.5%||1-0||0.0%||0-0||(0)||5-37||(7.4)||11-88|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||1||2||4||13-5||38.5%||1-0||0.0%||0-0||(0)||37-5||(7.4)||11-88|
|Stats Against (All Games)||3.0||1.0||4.0|| ||10-2||20.0%||2-1||50.0%||2-54||(27)||1-6||(6)||5-52|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||3||1||4|| ||10-2||20.0%||2-1||50.0%||2-54||(27)||6-1||(6)||5-52|
|Last 3 Games||0-1||-1||1-0||1-0||24.0||10.0||390.0||(5.9)||2.0||27.0||10.0||366.0||(5.9)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||24.0||10.0||25.0||31:25||26-86||(3.3)||26-40||65.0%||304||(7.6)||66-390||(5.9)||(16.2)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||24||10||25||31:25||26-86||(3.3)||26-40||65.0%||304||(7.6)||66-390||(5.9)||(16.2)|
|Defense (All Games)||27.0||10.0||20.0||28:35||24-67||(2.8)||27-38||71.1%||299||(7.9)||62-366||(5.9)||(13.6)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||27||10||20||29:35||24-67||(2.8)||27-38||71.1%||299||(7.9)||62-366||(5.9)||(13.6)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.0||1.0||2.0||0.0||14-7||50.0%||0-0||0.0%||2-32||(16)||1-1||(1)||6-68|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||1||2||2||14-7||50.0%||0-0||0.0%||2-32||(16)||1-1||(1)||6-68|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.0||1.0||2.0|| ||11-4||36.4%||0-0||0.0%||3-46||(15.3)||1-1||(1)||7-59|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||1||2|| ||11-4||36.4%||0-0||0.0%||3-46||(15.3)||1-1||(1)||7-59|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DETROIT 21, ARIZONA 19|
|9/15/2013||@ ARIZONA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|9/22/2013||@ WASHINGTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|9/29/2013||CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/6/2013||@ GREEN BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/13/2013||@ CLEVELAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|9/8/2013||@ ST LOUIS||24-27||L||3.5||W||43.5||O||26-86||26-40-304||2||24-67||27-38-299||2|
|9/15/2013||DETROIT|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|9/22/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|9/29/2013||@ TAMPA BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/6/2013||CAROLINA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/13/2013||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|DETROIT: The running game figures to be an afterthought again for the NFL's most pass-happy team. Reggie Bush is the new No. 1 back, but he was brought in more for his receiving skills and ability in space. His carries will come working off the passing game and likely be a lot of delays and draws, and often out of the shotgun. Mikel Leshoure, a tentative plodder who was a disaster last season, will hopefully perform better in his second season back from a torn Achilles. Joique Bell has a chance to push Leshoure for playing time, but his strength is more in the passing game, making him the likely odd man out.
Expect a lot more of Matthew Stafford sitting back in shotgun with three and four receivers. Calvin Johnson is obviously the focal point, often working up the seam and breaking off when safeties sit deep. With no reliable No. 2 receiver, Brandon Pettigrew is Stafford's second option, working the middle of the field while Nate Burleson acts as a third receiver. Bush will have a big role in the screen game and figures to flex out to the slot at times. Ryan Broyles remains a question mark coming off a torn ACL, and Mike Thomas must prove he can make plays downfield. Leshoure figures to take the reps when they get down near the goal line, though Stafford runs the occasional sneak.
The Lions took a gamble on fifth overall pick DE Ezekiel Ansah and added newcomer DL Jason Jones from Seattle to bolster a weak pass rush (34 sacks, T-20th in NFL). Former Texans SS Glover Quin adds toughness to the secondary that is still searching for a serviceable No. 2 corner behind top CB Chris Houston. They did little else to improve their sagging defense that allowed 24+ points in each of their final eight games and had multiple takeaways just five times in 2012. Detroit has the 2nd-hardest NFL schedule in 2013.|
|ARIZONA: The Cardinals again reached into the Bill Cowher coaching tree to get their head coach, and Bruce Arians brought offensive line guru Harold Goodwin from Indianapolis with him to be the offensive coordinator. Expect them to build this offense around a power running game with a lot of between-the-tackles running. Arians had Rashard Mendenhall in Pittsburgh and plans on giving him a monster workload. Mendenhall should be better in his second full season back from a torn ACL. Ryan Williams is shaping up as a change-of-pace back and will have to beat out Mendenhall for third down duties.
Arians' passing game takes a lot of deep shots. While Carson Palmer's arm strength disappeared years ago, he's still willing to loft passes deep and let his receivers try to make plays. That's good news for Larry Fitzgerald, and Arians will use a lot of movement and bunch formations to get him open. The Cards will use a lot of three-receiver sets with Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd running some deep crosses, and Andre Roberts in the slot. TE Rob Housler should be frequently targeted over the middle. Arians has never used his backs as receivers much, but always had a habit of getting cute in the red zone, using a lot of play-action. Fitzgerald is obviously their best red zone threat.
The Cardinals allowed 137 rushing YPG last year (5th-most in NFL), but they seriously bolstered their defense in the offseason with new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and four quality free agents in LB Karlos Dansby, SS Yeremiah Bell and DEs Matt Shaughnessy and Frostee Rucker. Rookies FS Tyrann Mathieu and ILB Keith Minter could be special players, but two Arizona players that already are special are DE Calais Campbell and CB Patrick Peterson, who had seven of the Cardinals' 22 interceptions last year (2nd in NFL).|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (DETROIT-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Lions-Cardinals Preview* =========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
The Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals' offenses have seemingly discovered new dimensions with their respective offseason additions.
How Reggie Bush and Carson Palmer follow their strong Week 1 performances will likely play a crucial role in deciding the victor in Sunday's meeting at Arizona.
Bush, who signed a four-year deal with Detroit (1-0) in the offseason, had a historic performance in the club's 34-24 victory over Minnesota. He became the third Lion to tally at least 90 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards and the first since Barry Sanders on Oct. 14, 1990. His day included an electrifying 77-yard catch and run for a touchdown, his longest career play from scrimmage.
The 90 yards on the ground by Bush were especially welcome after Detroit finished 23rd in total rushing in 2012. Only four Lions backs ran for more than 84 yards in a single game over the last three seasons, with Mikel Leshoure's 100-yard effort the only such performance last year.
Bush - also courted by Arizona in the offseason - helped Detroit total 469 yards, its highest Week 1 output in 33 years.
The eighth-year back said the six and even five-man fronts he saw at times - largely due to Calvin Johnson's presence - were a welcome change from his two seasons with Miami. Even with Johnson limited to four catches for 37 yards on nine targets, Matthew Stafford's 357 passing yards tied for fifth-most in the league.
While Bush missed only one game with the Dolphins, he still carries an injury-prone stigma. He suffered a dislocated thumb and a pulled groin in the win, but was a full participant in practice Wednesday.
"Reggie's a tough guy," coach Jim Schwartz said. "You're a running back in the NFL, there's going to be some Mondays where you're not going to be feeling great. Feel a little bit better when you get the win and when you make the plays that he made. That's what we're looking for from him."
Palmer came up short of a victory in the Cardinals' 27-24 loss at St. Louis, but was nearly as impressive as his USC compatriot while breathing life into an Arizona club that averaged 15.6 points last season, second-fewest in the NFL.
He finished 26 of 40 with two TDs and one interception, and his 327 yards were the most by a Cardinals quarterback since Kurt Warner's 340 on Nov. 15, 2009.
Acquired in a trade from Oakland, Palmer appears to have finally brought the stability the Cardinals have sought since Warner retired after the 2009 season. They started four different quarterbacks last season, combining for an NFL-worst 63.1 passer rating and 21 interceptions compared to 11 TDs.
Larry Fitzgerald - who caught a career-low four TDs last season - certainly benefited, catching eight balls for 80 yards and two scores. Andre Roberts also turned in one of his best games with eight receptions for 97 yards and Michael Floyd added 82 on four catches.
Arizona will be focused on protecting Palmer better, however, after he was sacked four times. Left tackle Levi Brown was responsible for three of them, one of which led to a lost fumble by Palmer.
"Obviously, they (the Rams) have a great pass rush and no, I'm not concerned about the offensive line," first-year coach Bruce Arians said.
Lining up against the Cardinals' offensive line will be Ndamukong Suh, who is appealing a $100,000 fine he received for an illegal block against Vikings center John Sullivan. Suh, who lost nearly $350,000 in his first three seasons due to fines and a suspension stemming from on-field misconduct, doesn't plan on altering his approach.
"I'm going to continue to play hard, blue-collar football," he said.
Bush might be able to do more damage as a receiver than as a runner Sunday, as Arizona held St. Louis to 2.8 yards per carry but surrendered 299 yards through the air and was one of three teams failing to record a sack.
The Cardinals' only victory in their last 13 regular-season games was a 38-10 final over Detroit in Week 15 last year, their fourth straight win in the series.
Johnson had been held to six catches for 72 yards in his first two games versus Arizona before totaling 121 yards on 10 receptions. Stafford, though, matched a season high by being picked off three times.
Bush ran 17 times for 67 yards and didn't catch a pass last year in his only matchup with the Cardinals.
Palmer has completed 71.3 percent of his passes for 861 yards and five TDs in three contests versus Detroit.
Arizona has won six in a row over Detroit at home and nine of the last 12 overall.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 11:25:14 AM EST|