NFL Betting Preview: Arizona Cardinals vs. Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions (0-2) will attempt to prove oddsmakers wrong when they take on the Arizona Cardinals (2-0) on Sunday, September 27, 2020 as 5.5-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 54.5.
Game InfoGame Day: Sunday, September 27, 2020 Game Time: 4:25 PM ET TV Channel: FOX Location: Glendale, AZ Stadium: State Farm Stadium
Cardinals Players to WatchLast year, Kyler Murray collected 3,722 passing yards (232.6 yards per game) while going 349-for-542 (64.4% completion percentage) and throwing 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 16 games. He added 544 rushing yards on 93 carries with four touchdowns, averaging 34.0 yards per game. Kenyan Drake took 171 carries for 823 rushing yards a season ago (58.8 yards per game) while scoring eight touchdowns in 14 games. He also caught 50 passes for 345 yards (24.6 receiving yards per game). Last season, DeAndre Hopkins hauled in 104 passes (on 150 targets) for 1,165 yards (77.7 yards per game) while scoring seven touchdowns in 15 games. Larry Fitzgerald chipped in with 804 yards on 75 grabs with four touchdowns. He was targeted 109 times and averaged 50.3 receiving yards per game in 16 matchups last year. Christian Kirk caught 68 passes on 108 targets for 709 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 54.5 yards per game in 13 contests in 2019. Last season, Chandler Jones collected 19.0 sacks, 11.0 TFL and 55 tackles in 16 games. Jordan Hicks' 2019 campaign saw him total 148 tackles, 11.0 TFL, 1.5 sacks, and three interceptions over 16 games.
Lions Players to WatchMatthew Stafford racked up 2,499 passing yards (312.4 yards per game) with a 64.3% completion percentage last year (187-of-291), while throwing 19 touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games. Adrian Peterson ran for 898 yards on 211 carries (59.9 yards per game) while scoring five touchdowns in 15 games a season ago. Last season, Marvin Jones Jr. hauled in 62 passes (on 91 targets) for 779 yards (59.9 yards per game) and scored nine touchdowns in 13 games. Danny Amendola also contributed with 62 catches for 678 yards and one touchdown over 15 games last year. He was targeted 97 times and put up 45.2 receiving yards per game. T.J. Hockenson caught 32 passes on 59 targets for 367 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 30.6 yards per game in 12 contests in 2019. Jamie Collins Sr. had an impressive body of work a year ago, notching 7.0 sacks, 10.0 TFL, 82 tackles, and three interceptions over 16 games. Tracy Walker's 2019 campaign saw him total 100 tackles, 6.0 TFL, and one interception over 13 games. Collins picked off three passes and tacked on 82 tackles, 10.0 TFL, seven sacks, and seven passes defended in 16 games last season.
Cardinals vs Lions: Last 5 MeetingsIn the past five meetings, Arizona has a 3-2 record against Detroit. Detroit has scored 7 fewer points than Arizona in their past five contests.
Cardinals vs Lions: Last Five Meetings
When the Cardinals have the ball...The Lions allowed their opponents to score an average of 26.4 points per game last season, 3.8 more than the 22.6 the Cardinals put on the scoreboard in each contest. When they met or went over their scoring average last season, Arizona was 5-4-1. When the Detroit defense allowed 26.4 points or fewer last year, the Lions put together a 3-6 record. The Cardinals offense averaged 341.7 total yards per game last season, 58.6 yards fewer than the 400.3 allowed by the Lions defense. Arizona's record last season when they racked up at least their season average in total yards: 4-4-1. When the Detroit defense allowed less than their season average for total yards last season they were 2-4-1. The Cardinals averaged 124.4 yards per game on the ground last season, just 8.5 yards more than the Lions allowed to opposing rushing attacks (115.9). Arizona was 4-2 last season when they ran for at least their season average. When Detroit limited opposing teams to 115.9 rushing yards or fewer they were 1-5-1 last year. The Lions forced the same amount of turnovers per game (1.1) as the Cardinals offense committed. When Arizona turned the football over 1.1 times or fewer last season they were 5-5-1. Detroit was 2-3 last season when they forced at least 1.1 turnovers in a game.
When the Lions have the ball...The Lions averaged 6.3 fewer points per game last year (21.3) than the Cardinals gave up (27.6). Detroit went 2-5-1 overall a season ago when the team recorded at least 21.3 points. Last season, Arizona had a 5-4-1 record in games when it held opponents to 22.6 or fewer points. The Lions averaged 346.8 yards per game in 2019, 55.2 fewer yards than the 402 the Cardinals allowed per outing. Arizona's record last season when they racked up at least their season average in total yards: 4-4-1. Arizona had a 4-2 record last year when holding its opponents to 402 yards or less. Last season, the Lions rushed for 17 fewer yards per game (103.1) than the Cardinals allowed per outing (120.1). Detroit recorded a 0-5-1 record when the team ran for at least 103.1 yards last year. When Arizona limited its opponents to 120.1 rushing yards or less last season, it went 4-5-1. The Lions turned the ball over 1.4 times per game last year, only 0.3 more turnovers per game than the 1.1 the Cardinals forced on average. In 2019, Detroit went 1-7 when it turned the ball over 1.4 times or less. When it forced 1.1 or more turnovers last season, Arizona had a 2-3-1 record.
Cardinals Fantasy LeadersMurray finished ninth overall among all players and eighth among all QBs in 2019 with 285.3 fantasy points (17.8 per game). Drake recorded total 164.8 fantasy points last season (11.8 per game), which made him the 56th-ranked player overall and the 18th-ranked running back. Last year, Hopkins' 164.5 total fantasy points made him the No. 57 fantasy player and No. 10 wide receiver. He averaged 11.0 fantasy points per game. Fitzgerald put together the 117th-ranked fantasy season (42nd among wide receivers) in 2019 with 102.4 fantasy points, averaging 6.4 per game.
Lions Fantasy LeadersStafford's productive 2019 fantasy season earned him the No. 53 spot overall and the No. 29 spot among QBs. He totaled 166.6 fantasy points on the year (20.8 per game). Last year, Marvin Jones Jr. finished as the 86th-ranked fantasy player overall and the 27th-ranked wide receiver. He totaled 131.9 fantasy points, averaging 10.1 per game. Peterson was the 28th-best running back and the 89th-best fantasy player overall with 130.0 fantasy points last season, averaging 8.7 per game. Amendola's 2019 campaign saw him finish as the No. 152 fantasy player and the No. 60 WR with 78.6 fantasy points (averaging 5.2 per game).
Cardinals vs Lions Betting Information
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Cardinals Betting InsightsArizona had a 7-6-1 record against the spread last year. In 2019, the majority of Arizona's games with a betting line -- six out of 14 opportunities -- surpassed the point total (42.9%).
Cardinals Home TrendsArizona hit the over four times in eight opportunities at home last year (50%). Cardinals home games last season averaged 51.5 total points, 3.0 fewer than this outing's over/under (54.5). Arizona put together just a 3-4 record against the spread at home last year, and went 2-5-1 overall in home games.
Lions Betting InsightsMost of Detroit's games with a betting line last year -- nine out of 14 opportunities -- went over the point total (64.3%) Detroit put together a losing 5-8-1 record against the spread last year. The Lions went just 0-1 ATS last season when an underdog by at least 5.5 points.
Lions Road TrendsDetroit finished just 2-4-1 against the spread in away games last year, and went 1-6-1 overall on the road. Detroit hit the over in just three out of eight home games last year with a point total prop bet (37.5%). Lions away games last season averaged 43 total points, 11.5 fewer than this outing's over/under (54.5).
Additional InfoThe average total in Cardinals contests last season was 50.2, 4.3 fewer points than this game's over/under. The average over/under for Lions contests last year was 47.8, 6.7 fewer points than this game's total. Six of Arizona's games went over 54.5 points last season (37.5% of matchups). Detroit's games went over 54.5 points six times last year (37.5% of matchups). The teams combined to score 43.9 points per contest last season, 10.6 fewer points than this game's total. Combined, these teams gave up 54 points per contest last year, 0.5 fewer points than the total for this game.
Cardinals: No Injuries Listed
Lions: No Injuries Listed
Last Updated on 2020-9-23 2:33 a.m. EDT