Cardinals Face Lions Team That Also Once Had Playoff Aspirations


Nov. 25, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett against the St. Louis Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

When the schedule came out in April, first look at the schedule said this would be a tough game for the Arizona Cardinals, given the Detroit Lions run to the playoffs last year for the first time since 1999.  They looked to build on that.  Then after the start of this season when the Cards went 4-0, it appeared this could be an awesome game with playoff implications.  Now, we are back to a tough game – for both teams.  Detroit has struggled to the same 4-9 record as the Cards.  The Cards have been highlighted cause they’ve lost all theirs consecutively.

It could be more of the same debacle we had last week in Seattle when the Cards lost 58-0.  Rookie Ryan Lindley is the starter once again.  I’m not sure where else they can turn to at this point.  The Cards did pick up quarterback Brian Hoyer but there’s no way he’s grasped any of the offense yet.  Well, on second thought, is that such a bad thing at this point?  The Cards played last week like they didn’t know the playbook.

If Hoyer is active, I could see him get sone playing time.  Does coach Ken Whisenhunt activate Hoyer in favor of John Skelton? That’ll be an interesting thought heading into the afternoon today.  I, for one, would not mind seeing them give Hoyer a shot today.  It really can’t get much worse than last week, right?

It is unfortunate people aren’t talking more about the great matchups today like Patrick Peterson against Calvin Johnson.  In fact we are talking more about the inability to get Larry Fitzgerald the ball.  Johnson, for his part, could break Jerry Rice’s record for receiving yards in one season.  So there is that to watch.  Let’s hope the Cards defense is up to the task today.

Unfortunately, as bad as Detroit has played, Arizona has been worse.  It won’t be a close one.  Detroit 45, Arizona 6