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Predictions: Arizona Cardinals vs. Detroit Lions

Posted at 11:34 AM, Dec 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-07 13:34:58-05

The 3-9 Arizona Cardinals are looking to build off a massive upset in Green Bay this weekend when they return home to face a 4-8 Detroit Lions team that has lost five of its last six games.

With one reception in Sunday's game, Larry Fitzgerald will become the NFL's all-time leader in receptions with one team. He's currently tied with Jerry Rice in that category.

Can Fitzgerald set the record and help lead the Cards to back-to-back wins for the first time this season? Here are a pair of predictions from the ABC15 sports team.

ABC15 sports director Craig Fouhy

Here’s the deal: The Lions have already lost to two of the NFL’s worst teams (the 49ers and the Jets), so they come to Arizona looking to avoid losing to a third bottom dweller.

To the Lions' advantage, every Cardinals starting offensive lineman is now out for the season, so the Lions defense may feast on rookie quarterback Josh Rosen. The good news for the Cardinals is the Lions are beatable, and even with QB Matt Stafford, Detroit still isn’t very good on offense.

Don’t expect a high-scoring shoot-out Sunday in Glendale, but given last weekend’s surprise win in Green Bay, anything is possible. Lions 21, Cardinals 14 sportswriter Shane Dale

Make no mistake: The Cardinals' win at Lambeau Field last Sunday was much more about the Packers than the Cards. Green Bay is a significantly more talented team but was playing uninspired football, and it led to the firing of its coach moments after the game.

With that said, the win had to be a confidence builder for Rosen and the Cards. Detroit's defense is beatable, especially on the ground, and running back David Johnson should have himself a nice day. But the Cardinals' injuries are just piling up so much -- their entire starting offensive line is already done for the season, and rookie/leading receiver Christian Kirk is out for the year, as well.

The Cardinals should make it a close game, and Fitzgerald's imminent reception milestone will be a tremendous moment in Glendale. But the Cards will come back to reality Sunday. Lions 27, Cardinals 19