Arizona Cardinals: 3 players to watch against Lions

Casey Dawson
September 11, 2017

After quarterback Stafford threw his first touchdown pass of the year to Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel, special-teams mistakes and back-breaking penalties killed Detroit's offensive momentum and put the defense in bad positions. After a 25-yard return set the Lions up inside Arizona territory, Stafford steered the offense 42 yards in 11 plays, finding Marvin Jones in the end zone on a broken play for a six-yard score. The Lions limited opposing quarterback Carson Palmer to 269 passing yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

The Lions missed the extra point, but were able to cut the led to one at the half as Prater knocked down a 58-yard field goal as time expired. Running back Ameer Abdullah led the team with 30 yards on 15 carries. And second-year defense end Anthony Zettel posted the Lions' only sack of the game, and just the second of his career.

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Sunday's victory was a terrific regular season debut for Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford. Arizona may have one of the more balanced rosters in the NFC, though they know their window is closing with some of the older players on their team.

Lions tackle A'Shawn Robinson forced a fumble that was recovered and returned by rookie Jarrad Davis, setting up a quick Theo Riddick touchdown catch. Stafford has the weapons he needs to get back to the playoffs, but question marks are all over this defense. Gollday had four grabs for 69 yards and Golden Tate paced the receivers with 10 catches for 107 yards. Defensive backs Glover Quin, Tavon Wilson and Miles Killebrew all came away with picks.

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