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NFL Matchup - Cardinals Lions Odds Preview

Detroit LionsArizona Cardinals
Sep 15, 4:05 PM | Grass of University of Phoenix Stadium

Detroit Lions vs Arizona Cardinals Odds

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The 1-0 Detroit Lions, trying to return to the playoffs after bombing last year, shoot for a road victory when they visit the 0-1 Arizona Cardinals Sunday afternoon (4:05 pm ET, Fox).

In the early betting the Lions, coming off their 34-24 victory over Minnesota, were favored by one point over the Cardinals, who coughed up a late lead and lost at St. Louis Sunday.

When these teams meet, OVERs typically prevail ( 9-1 past 10 meetings). On the point spread side of things, the Lions have struggled as a road team, going 2-10-1 ATS in their past 13 trips away from Detroit.

View Detroit vs Arizona Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 15-rated Cardinals and the No. 3-ranked Lions, according to the NFL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 37-24 result in favor of the Lions.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Arizona's No. 14-ranked offense (24 PPG) against a Lions defense that ranks No. 17 at 24 PPG. The Cardinals passing attack has averaged 304 yards per game, more than the Lions give up through the air (225 YPG on average).

Last time out for Detroit, they were a 34-24 winner as they battled the Vikings at home. The Lions covered in the match as a 4-point favorite, while 58 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. In Detroit's last outing, Matthew Stafford threw for 357 yards to lead the Lions over Minnesota 34-24 at Ford Field.

Arizona lost its last outing, a 27-24 result against the Rams on September 8. The Cardinals covered in that game as a 3.5-point underdog, while the 51 combined points took the game OVER the total. In their last game, Arizona's aerial attack generated 327 yards but it was the Rams coming away with a 27-24 victory over Arizona at Edward Jones Dome.

Detroit Lions Trends:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on grass are 3-7
After outgaining opponent are 3-7
When playing outside the division are 4-6

Arizona Cardinals Trends:
When playing in September are 6-4
When playing on grass are 4-6
After outgaining opponent are 3-7
When playing outside the division are 4-6

A few Lions at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Detroit's last 10 games when playing Arizona
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing on the road against Arizona
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Detroit's last 18 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Detroit's last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arizona's last 5 games
Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Arizona's last 10 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arizona's last 6 games when playing at home against Detroit

Next up:
Detroit at Washington, Sunday, September 22
Arizona at New Orleans, Sunday, September 22