Arizona Cardinals Have Right Attitude About Lions Game
By Scott Allen
ProFootballTalk.com and ESPN’s Around the Horn discussed Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians and Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell’s approach to Sunday’s game
It’s all just a matter of opinion, however the topic of how Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians and Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell are approaching this Sunday’s game greatly differ. I like the way Arians is approaching the game with his team.
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Arians told reporters that he has told his players that this game should be treated as it is for the number one seed in the NFC. At 8-1, the Cardinals lead the NFC West. At 7-2, the Lions lead the NFC North. Even as everyone keeps a one game at a time approach, it is impossible to ignore the meaning of this game. It absolutely can be the difference when all is said and done seven weeks from now.
Caldwell on the other hand says he treats this game like no other. I get that. I completely understand that thought process. However, I prefer to have my players treat this as a playoff game. You have to, even with the schedule in front of the Cardinals after this week. Three of the final six games for the Cardinals are against the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.
Arians isn’t looking ahead, he’s being realistic. This game will be huge in seeding if both of these teams are tied at the end of the season. You need to tell your players just deal with this week but this week is huge. I’m sure they all already know that but for your coach to take that approach is refreshing. Bruce Arians knows this is big.
"It’s for the No. 1 seed in the NFC this week. Just this week, now. It’s big. If we get there, that’s a long way off. But, hell yeah it does."
Good for him. It is just one game but it is a big game. Let’s not ignore it isn’t.