Lions Steamroll Cardinals, 30-12, in Upset Win

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Lions Steamroll Cardinals, 30-12, in Upset Win

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Lions Steamroll Cardinals, 30-12, in Upset Win

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The Detroit Lions stunned most of the western world as they get their second win, steamrolling the Arizona Cardinals at home, 30-12.

The Lions’ defense willed the team to a win as Kyler Murray and the Arizona offense never looked settled in as Murray was under constant pressure, being sacked twice and hit four times total.

The Lions dominated their opening series, chewing up nearly nine minutes of play on 15 plays while covering 63 yards. The Lions were unable to move past the Arizona 15-yard line, settling for a 37-yard field goal from rookie kicker Riley Patterson.

Dan Campbell elected to follow up the field goal with an onside kick attempt, the Cardinals however recovered. The Lions’ defense bailed out their coach as they were able to force a three-and-out and subsequent punt.

Charles Harris was a true wrecking ball in the first half, as he recorded 1.5 sacks and two tackles for loss.

The Cardinal’s punted twice and failed a fourth-down attempt in the first half, scoring zero points. Arizona ran 23 plays as opposed to Detroit’s 38, running the ball just five times in the first half.

Jared Goff was rather electric in the first half, with an average depth of throw of nine yards. Finishing the half with two touchdown throws to Amon-Ra St. Brown and Josh Reynolds.

The Cardinals attempted to correct the low rush attempts from the first half, running the ball six out of nine times on their second half opening possession, resulting in a Matt Prater 29-yard field goal.

Godwin Igwebuike fumbled the ball on the Lions offense’s first possession of the second half, making it his third fumble in two weeks, and a near mirror fumble of last week’s first Igwebuike fumble.

Amani Oruwariye was able to respond for Detroit as he undercut a Murray throw, getting fully horizontal, and coming away with the turnover. Oruwariye was able to get up and run the ball into the red zone. This marks his sixth interception of the year, the highest season total for a Lion since Darius Slay in 2017.

Goff and the offense were able to score a touchdown pass on the play following the interception, a six-yard throw to fullback Jason Cabinda. Both teams swapped field goals after the Cabinda touchdown, putting the game at 27-6 in favor of the Lions.

The Cardinal’s offense had four trips into the red zone, coming away with zero touchdowns. With the lone Murray touchdown throw coming from the Lions’ 26-yard line. The Lions’ defense stunted Arizona all game, not allowing a touchdown until 4:46 minutes remained in the game.

Craig Reynolds had himself a day, finishing with 26 carries for 112 yards and a long of 27-yards. St. Brown almost eclipsed 100 yards, finishing the day with eight receptions, a touchdown, and 90 receiving yards. He also had a rushing attempt for a five-yard gain.

The Lions’ offensive line created movement off the line all game and created massive lanes for the runners to slip through, as they totaled 126 rushing yards as a team. Goff had his best game as a Lion, going 21/26, an average depth of throw of 8.3-yards, three touchdowns, and no turnovers or major errors. Patterson further cemented himself as the Lions’ future placekicker. Going 3/3 on field goals with a long of 47, and 3/3 on point after attempts.

The Lions look to make it two in a row next week on the road against the Atlanta Falcons on Boxing Day at 1:00 PM EST.

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