Free Week 1 NFL Prediction: Cardinals vs Lions Odds
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NFL Week 1 Handicapping
(0-0) Arizona Cardinals vs. Detroit Lions (0-0)
Date: Sunday September 10th
Time: 1:00 PM
Venue: Ford Field – Detroit, Michigan
Week 1 ATS Betting Lines: Pick’em
NFL Week 1 Moneyline Odds: OFF
Week 1 NFL Betting Total: 49
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Arizona is coming off a season that failed to meet expectations but they do have the league’s most dynamic player in RB David Johnson – a must watch for fantasy nerds for sure.
Detroit snuck into the playoffs last season and is looking to continue to ride the powerful arm of Matt Stafford. Not a lot of juice between these two teams but a nice Week 1 matchup.
Arizona was brilliant two seasons ago but that team had a more defensive nature than this one. Bruce Arians is a very good coach who is offense first so they should be entertaining.
For Lions fans, hopefully they won’t be too dismayed after flirtations with Megatron during the offseason.
Even without him this looks like an old fashioned shootout…and they have the weapons to compete.
David Johnson is a force.
Were it not for late injuries last season he might have become the third player in history to put up 1000 yards rushing and receiving. He really makes it difficult for defense to know How Arizona is going to attack.
Two years ago Carson Palmer had his best season ever where as last year was more in line with career norms. He is critical but he does not have to win games with his arms.
In Johnson and others he has playmakers around him.
The strength of the defense is the secondary which has both big hitters and ball hawks.
However, I worry about the kind of rush they will be able to create up front. This is a good test for this group but you just can’t cover forever.
After last year Arizona definitely want to get off to a good start. That is going to be tough with back to back road games (IND next).
DET was a playoff team a year ago and has a lot of continuity. Not a harsh environment but the Cards are going to have to be in good form.
Detroit made the playoffs a year ago and this team is not going to look all that different than that one did. However, they may play a lot differently…if everyone is healthy.
Key to that equation is RB Ameer Abdullah.
He only appeared in 2 games last year and when he left the running game essentially left with him. Theo Reddick led the team with a paltry 357 yards on the ground. More balance will be sought this season.
The defense, at least statistically, actually outplayed the offense last season.
They doubled down on it this offseason by adding first round pick Jarrod Davis. The ex Gator loves to hit and should make the defense that much saltier.
It is still not clear who is going to rush the passer though.
Davis add a little there but he is more going to command the middle. Kerry Hyder who led the team in sacks a year ago is on IR. Devin Taylor who was second is with the Giants.
Detroit has a very difficult first half making this a game they have to get. If not things could unravel pretty quickly.
Like so many others look for this one to be determined by how sharp Matt Stafford is.
NFL Betting Trends
- Over is 7-0 in Cardinals last 7 games overall.
- Over is 6-0 in Cardinals last 6 games on fieldturf.
- Over is 6-0 in Cardinals last 6 vs. NFC.
- Lions are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC.
- Lions are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf.
- Lions are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
4* Free NFL Betting Pick: Detroit ML
It is rare that you get a pick’em game in week one but alas, here we are. Really they are saying that the Cardinals are better and I agree but in this situation I am not going to bet against the home team in the opener.
NFL Free Week 1 Score Prediction: Detroit 27 – Arizona 24
Matt Stafford is always up for some late game magic and I think that it what we will get in this one. With a chance to win the game on the final drive he gets the job done.
High anxiety but it pays off.
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