Can The Lions Cage The Cardinals?

Toledo, Ohio - The Detroit Lions (4-8) and Arizona Cardinals (3-9) will be playing for pride and draft position in Week 14. The Lions are now essentially (they still have a fraction of a chance) mathematically eliminated from making the playoffs, after several key injuries and mistakes have made their season take a turn for the worse.

The Cardinals just pulled off an upset that resulted in Mike McCarthy being fired by the Packers. His team went 4-7-1 before the dismissal. The Lions didn’t have as much luck last week. Though at times it seemed as though they may pull off the upset they were seeking, they ended up falling to the visiting Los Angeles Rams at Ford Field, a final tally of 30-16.

The two teams haven’t met since September of last year. The Lions came away from the meeting with a satisfying 35-23 win. They’re the favorites to win this week, despite all of the momentum Arizona will have after their big upset.

Josh Rosen has 1,670 passing yards and 10 touchdowns this season. These are shadowed by his 11 picks, which mean he only has a 68.2 QBR.

The Cardinals have the league’s 29th-ranked rushing defense at 140.9 yards per game, though they held an opponent under 100 yards last Sunday for the first time since Week 2. The Cardinals have allowed more rushing touchdowns (17) than any team in the NFL.

Detroit’s Kerryon Johnson will miss his third straight game because of a knee injury. The Lions have had two of their best rushing games this season in the past two weeks. LeGarrette Blount has 149 yards rushing in that span, and should shoulder the workload once again.

The Lions haven’t fared well in Arizona historically. They’re bringing a much better run defense with them and rode into town on Friday. Matt Patricia will likely get his fifth win as a head coach this week.

Schray’s Pick: Lions win

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Gabriel Schray is a sports journalist who works for iHeart Toledo. For additional stories like this, follow Gabriel Schray and Fox Sports Toledo on Twitter for local and national sports content