The Arizona Cardinals (8-1) pulled ahead of the St. Louis Rams (3-6) late in the fourth quarter of an interdivisional game. The Cardinals’ defense sealed the victory with two defensive touchdowns. Carson Palmer reinjured himself by tearing his ACL and is lost for the season. The loss is obviously devastating and the Cardinals’ quarterback situation going forward is something to monitor.
The Detroit Lions (7-2) came from behind to beat the Miami Dolphins (5-4) in the final minutes of the game. Mathew Stafford has looked clutch in the final moments of games so far this season. He has always had potential and this season has been his finest as a pro. The Lions are getting healthier and they will look to ride that momentum on the road this week in Arizona.
Cardinals Vs Lions Week 11 Odds
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Lions +1 (-110)
Cardinals -1 (-110)
Cardinals: The loss of Carson Palmer is significant. Palmer has always been an elite talent capable of carrying a team. Palmer was finally putting it together on the field for the Cardinals. The Cardinals with this injury now must shift focus to Drew Stanton. Stanton, ironically drafted by the Lions, will take over with a chance to lead a Cardinals squad with the best record in the league. He has already proven that he can win games earlier this season when Palmer was out due to injury. The question is how far can Drew Stanton carry the Cardinals? If the Cardinals can rely heavily on their defense, and ask Stanton to only manage the game, then they will have a shot at winning games. If the offense must carry the team, or if Stanton has to outduel a great quarterback like Aaron Rodgers, then the Cardinals odds greatly decrease. The Cardinals’ defense has proven it is legit. This week, Patrick Peterson will line up against Calvin Johnson in a matchup of two of the best players at their positions. If Peterson can nullify Johnsons’ impact on the game, then the Cardinals will have a huge advantage.
Detroit: The Lions’ are coming together at the right time. While Calvin Johnson has been injured, Golden Tate has proven himself a commodity. As the number one receiving option for the Lions, Golden Tate not only succeeded, but excelled. With Calvin Johnson fully healed, they create a dynamic duo for Mathew Stafford to have on the outside. The biggest weakness that remains for the Lions is their poor rushing-attack. Facing the Cardinals with a stout run defense will make things even more difficult. The Lions front four is also the greatest strength of their defense. Whichever defensive front has the biggest impact will determine the outcome of this game. If Ndamukong Suh and the rest of the Lions’ highly ranked defense can get to Drew Stanton and put pressure on the Cardinals’ new signal caller, then the Lions’ will have the advantage.
This game is a potential playoff preview with serious long-term implications. The winner of this game may very well host the other in the NFC Championship game. The Cardinals have played tremendously well at home. If the Lions can come into Arizona and knock off the Cardinals, they will become serious contenders for the NFC number one seed. The Lions have a couple of tough weeks ahead and a win this week would keep them ahead of the surging Green Bay Packers. With a date in New England next week, the Lions cannot afford to take their foot off the gas heading into the final stretch of the season. Expect the Lions to knock off the wounded Cardinals on the road.
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