Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals: Preview and Pick
5 Replies | 467 ViewsOn 09/09/2013 05:18 PM in NFL
The second week of the NFL season is full of great games, but if you like to watch high scoring games than there may be no better game to tune into than the contest between the Detroit Lions and the Arizona Cardinals. Both teams looked good on offense and scored plenty of points, but only one team walked away with the win. Now in week two, both will be eager to put a notch in the win column.
Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals Odds
The NFL betting lines opened with the Cardinals as a (-1) point favorite in this game. However since the public tends to overreact to week one outcomes that line has switched. Currently the line can be found at (-1.5) in favor of the Detroit Lions at most of the top rated online sportsbooks. The line move is due to the win in week one as well as the fact that 82 percent of the public is on the Lions and for good reason.
The Lions beat the Vikings in week one and it could have been much worse if not for a few miscues. The Lions had two touchdowns to Calvin Johnson called back and some silly penalties that resulted in taking points off the board.
The offense was in sync early in the year as quarterback Matthew Stafford led the offense as they lit up the scoreboard by calling over 70 plays in the game. Reggie Bush was a welcome addition to the team and his big scoring plays and his threat to take it all the way on every play will make this offense even more dynamic. The Cardinals also have a very good offense.
The Cardinals were happy to see Carson Palmer under center as Larry Fitzgerald once again became one of the most deadly wide outs in the game. Now they have to hope the home field advantage will lead to a win for the Cardinals.
The NFL betting trends reveal some angles for betting on this big game. Detroit is 0-5 against the spread (ATS) in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Arizona and 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Arizona. The total has gone over in 14 of Detroit's last 18 games on the road and the total has gone over in 4 of Arizona's last 6 games at home.
These two teams are sure to score plenty of points in this battle in the desert.
Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.