Don’t tell the Cardinals they are messing up their draft position. Last week’s upset of the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field left no one thinking about beating the Raiders or 49ers for the first overall pick.
In fact, they would like nothing better than to push the 4-8 Lions ahead of them in the draft order with a Week 14 victory against the struggling team from Detroit.
Why not? Arizona already has their franchise quarterback, a rookie rusher to complement David Johnson, and maybe even a tight end and wide receiver. Who needs the top pick?
Detroit would like nothing better than to help the Cardinals move up in the draft order. Winning their next two games against the Cardinals and Bills could mean that winning their final games against the Vikings and Packers would pull the Lions out of the NFC North basement.
The big question in Detroit is whether the Rams’ defense is really good enough to hold Matt Stafford to 14 points or if the Lions’ injuries have hurt their offense that much. Stafford isn’t the same quarterback on the road, but the Lions’ fans expect more points against the Cardinals’ defense.
Arizona is far from a good team. Josh Rosen completed less than half of his passes without a touchdown. Their running game was held to under 4 yards per carrying. But there were no turnovers and Rosen hit a huge 32-yard completion to Larry Fitzgerald on third-and-long that set up what would be the winning field goal.
Injuries and notes:
Detroit expects to be without rookie running back Kerryon Johnson for one more week.
The Lions also list linebackers Devon Kennard and Trevor Bates as questionable for Sunday.
Arizona is already starting two rookies on their offensive line and might need to go to a third to replace Mike Iupati (knee). Iupati, offensive tackle DJ Humphries (knee) and defensive tackle Olsen Pierre (knee), were all placed on injured reserve this week.
Rookie wide receiver Christian Kirk will also be placed on IR with a broken foot suffered against Green Bay.
Two rookie coaches managing struggling franchises face off trying to prove to the fans they are good hires. Neither is in any fear of losing his job based on their rookie-season performance, but the challenges of each of these teams are significant.
Both managers have some skill players, but not enough. They also need serious help on defense and the offensive lines. They could offer a fun comparison that might reflect more on their general managers in the next couple of seasons.
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Who will win the Cardinals-Lions game?
Detroit has suffered a few injuries after trading away Golden Tate, but Stafford still has Kenny Golladay and Theo Riddick to throw to and LeGarrette Blount can pick up tough yards when they need them.
That should be enough against a willing, but deficient squad hurt more by the loss of Kirk and another shakeup of their offensive line.