The Arizona Cardinals had their perfect start to the season ruined at home last week against St. Louis, but are eager to bounce back with a tricky road game in Detroit against the 0-4 Lions.
Despite the disparity in records, the Cardinals are listed as just 2.5 point favorites against the Lions at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Cardinals clobbered the Bears and 49ers in addition to a Week 1 win over the Saints. Those teams are a combined 3-9, and the 24-22 loss against the Rams last week was likely the toughest opponent Arizona has had to date.
Arizona took advantage of the soft spot in its schedule and are near the top of every statistical category on both sides of the ball. Carson Palmer has particularly flourished, throwing for 10 touchdowns and three interceptions at the quarter pole.
The Cardinals are 18-7 straight up in their last 25 games, and 8-4 against the spread in their last 12 road games.
Detroit is winless after making the playoffs a year ago but has faced a much more difficult schedule. The Lions have lost to the Broncos and the Seahawks the last two weeks, and was very competitive in both. Of course many believe the Seahawks game on Monday night should have resulted in a win.
The Lions lead the all-time series 32-27-5, but the Cardinals have won the last six matchups.
The total for Sunday afternoon’s Cardinals vs. Lions betting matchup is set at 45.5 points at the sportsbook. The total has gone under in four of Detroit’s last five games, but over in nine of Detroit’s last 12 games when playing Arizona. The total has gone over in each of the Cardinals last five games.