Cardinals receivers versus the Detroit corners
It’s no secret Kyler Murray has built chemistry with DeAndre Hopkins faster than anyone thought possible given the lack of preseason and live off-season. Through two weeks, Hopkins has recorded 22 receptions for 219 yards and a touchdown, solidifying his status as one of the league’s best.
Larry Fitzgerald is no longer in his prime. But he continues to solidify himself as one of the NFL’s most dangerous possession receivers. Especially after his performance against Washington in Week 2 in which he caught all seven targets.
Even with Christian Kirk missing this contest, the Cards still have a promising prospect in Andy Isabella, who caught an outstanding 54-yard strike from Murray in Week 2. Expect Isabella’s role to expand in Week Three.
Meanwhile, the Detroit secondary remains banged up and bullied. Worse, they’ll probably find themselves without corner Desmond Trufant. Meaning either rookie Jeff Okudah or second-year veteran Amani Oruwariye will find themselves tasked with defending Hopkins.
Neither corner has played well, with Oruwariye allowing a 103.1 quarterback rating when targeted. Pro Football Focus graded Oruwariye 53rd of 103 corners with a 58.9 grade.
Okudah grades in at 102nd of 103 corners with a 28.6 grade per Pro Football Focus. So far, Okudah has allowed a 66.7 completion percentage, 16.0 yards per reception, and a 102.1 quarterback rating.
The Cardinals receivers could find themselves having a field day against the Lions secondary. Especially if Trufant can’t go and the Lions continue to underutilize Darryl Roberts. Who has played well so far when given the chance in 2020.