The Detroit Lions (4-8) travel to Glendale this weekend to battle the Arizona Cardinals (3-9). Kickoff is set for 4:25 PM EST on December 9th at State Farm Stadium and the game will be broadcast on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Lions listed as 1-point road favorites. That line has shifted substantially after early betting, as Detroit is currently available at -2.5. The total for this matchup is 40.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 14 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Cardinals vs Lions Vegas Odds & Game Preview
Detroit dropped to 4-8 on the season last weekend after a tough 30-16 home loss against the Los Angeles Rams. The Lions trailed 13-3 at halftime and couldn’t find a way to battle back after a solid 3rd quarter, getting outscored 14-3 in the 4th. QB Matt Stafford had an up and down game, throwing for 245 yards and a touchdown while also getting picked off once. He certainly didn’t have a lot of help on offense, as no Detroit player managed to rush for more than 70 yards. The leading receiver was TE Levine Toilolo, who had four catches for 90 yards. There is no doubt that hey are missing Kerryon Johnson, Golden Tate and Marvin Jones Jr. quite badly. Overall, the offense is currently averaging 21.2 points per game (23rd overall) on 340.0 total yards.
The Lions have also really struggled defensively through their first twelve games, allowing opponents to score 26.3 points per game (26th overall) on 354.5 yards of total offense. They are currently well below average against the run, giving up 119.8 yards per game on the ground (19th overall).
Arizona managed to avoid losing their fourth consecutive game last weekend, pulling off a huge 20-17 upset on the road against Green Bay. It was a shocking victory for the Cardinals, who were double-digit underdogs against Rodgers and Co. at Lambeau. QB Josh Rosen certainly didn’t play all that well, completing less than 50% of his attempts while throwing for just 149 yards and no touchdowns. RB David Johnson didn’t have his best game either, rushing for only 69 yards on 20 carries. The big story was the play of Chase Edmonds, who racked up 53 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns on just 5 carries. As a whole, Arizona is averaging a league-worst 14.6 points per game on just 239.3 total yards of offense.
The Cardinals haven’t been all that great on the other side of the ball so far this season either, giving up an average of 25.8 points per game (23rd overall) on 361.3 yards of total offense. They have really struggled against the run, surrendering 140.9 yards per game on the ground (29th overall).
Free NFL Betting Prediction: Detroit -2.5
This is certainly shaping up to be one of the uglier games on the slate here in Week 14, as both of these teams haven’t played all that this season. Detroit doesn’t have any star-power on offense while the Cardinals are already looking ahead to next season after a brutal first half of the schedule. Still, the Lions should be able to win this game by at least a field goal after a tough loss in Week 13 against Los Angeles. Stafford and Golladay have been clicking while RB Kerryon Johnson is expected to be back just in time for a matchup with one of the NFL’s worst run defenses.
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The Lions have been great in games against bad teams as of late, going 7-1-1 ATS over their last nine games against opponents with a losing record. Detroit is also 3-2 ATS in their five games on the road so far this season. Arizona is just 4-12-2 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up win. They are also only 1-5 ATS over their last six games overall.
As bad as Detroit has been so far this season, they still should be able to beat the lowly Cardinals. Josh Rosen hasn’t progressed in his first season like many in Arizona had hoped, as he has now thrown one or less touchdown passes in eight out of twelve starts. I’m going to take a stab with the Lions in this matchup, especially since the spread is currently less than a field goal. I’ll lay the 2.5 points and roll with the road favorite.