You can catch the Cardinals battling the Lions on the road in Detroit at 1 p.m. ET. Mentioned this in the preseason as well, that Washington's vision and decisions were potential liabilities and they showed up again on two bad choices to take the ball out of the end zone and an unnecessary roughness penalty on a punt return that cost Detroit yards. On the second-and-5 play, Stafford missed his receiver and threw the ball right to Bethel, who returned the pick 82 yards for a touchdown. And by the time Stafford's pass came close to Kenny Golladay, the Detroit Lions rookie had already beaten two Arizona Cardinals defensive backs and leapt in the air.
But Detroit's defense was tough throughout, and bought the Lions' offense enough time to get going in the second half. Killebrew scored a defensive touchdown on his interception. The Lions are a mess on defense and the Cards have swung this line a full four points which seems to indicate something is awry and that Arizona should have no issues.
What it means: Yes, it's only the first game, but the Lions needed this one.
Key stat: The Lions held the Cardinals to just 45 rushing yards. He was 29 for 41 yards for 292 yards and threw 45- and 10-yard TD passes to Golladay, along with short passes to Theo Riddick and Marvin Jones for scores.
Sunday's victory was a terrific regular season debut for Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Detroit also failed on special teams. Punter Kasey Redfern dropped a snap in the Lions end zone and was injured when he then tried to run for the first down. He hit a 58-yarder in the first half.
Taking charge at running back will be David Johnson, the young and gifted posted an exceptional performance in last season.