Sunday, September 27, 2020, State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona, 4:25 p.m. ET
Lions at Cardinals Betting Preview: Lions (+5.5/-110), Cardinals (-5.5/-110)
Pro Bowl wide receiver Kenny Golladay is trending toward making his season debut on Sunday for the Lions (0-2). Golladay, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, led the NFL with 11 touchdown receptions last season while also recording his second straight 1,000-yard campaign.
The presence of Golladay will be a welcome sight for Matthew Stafford, who has completed just 58.7 percent of his passes while throwing for just three touchdowns against two interceptions this season. He had two and one, respectively, last Sunday as Detroit dropped its second consecutive contest to an NFC North rival with a 42-21 setback to Green Bay.
The ageless Adrian Peterson has shown that he has more in the tank while leading the team in carries (21), rushing yards (134) and average yards per tote (6.4). Kerryon Johnson and rookie D’Andre Swift haven’t been as fortunate, mustering just 3.1 and 2.5 yards per carry, respectively. Swift, however, made his presence felt in the passing game with five receptions and 60 yards last week.
Kyler Murray is off to such a fast start that he has etched his name in the record book already this season. Murray has passed for 516 yards and rushed for 158 more to become the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era with at least 500 and 150, respectively, in his team’s first two games of a campaign.
Murray passed for 286 yards and a touchdown and had 67 on the ground with two more scores as the Cardinals (2-0) posted a 30-15 victory over the Washington Football Team on Sunday. The electric Murray has established an early rapport with offseason acquisition DeAndre Hopkins, whose NFL-best 22 receptions are the most by a player in his first two games with a new team.
Future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald spent the afternoon on Sunday finding holes in the defense on his way to reeling in seven receptions. Kenyan Drake had 86 rushing yards last week but has yet to get truly involved in the passing game in 2020 after making 28 catches in eight games last season following his trade from Miami.
Lions at Cardinals Betting Pick for Week 3
The Cardinals are 2-0 for the first time since 2015, which is also the last time the team made the playoffs.
Arizona would move to 3-0 for the first time since 2012 by posting its first victory over Detroit in the last four meetings. The teams played to a 27-27 tie in last year’s season opener.
Lions at Cardinals Betting Pick:
Cardinals 37, Lions 20
Lions at Cardinals Best Bet for Week 3
Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury has lamented lost opportunities this season, saying that the team’s dynamic offense is not as sharp as he’d like it to be. The high-octane Cardinals may view that as a challenge ahead of their tilt versus Detroit, which is sporting several injuries in its secondary.
The scoreboard operator may be busy in this one.
Lions at Cardinals Best Bet: OVER 55 (-110)