Detroit Lions cage the Arizona Cardinals, 35-23

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Detroit just backed up a Brinks truck to Matt Stafford's house so the confidence is certainly there that he can lead them to the Super Bowl and if the likes of Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, Eric Ebron, and Ameer Abdullah can stay healthy and productive the Lions are certainly on the radar as a potential playoff team. The Lions limited opposing quarterback Carson Palmer to 269 passing yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

Detroit Lions fans have seen some ugly football, but the first quarter of the Lions' 2017 regular season was brutal even by Detroit standards.

The Arizona Cardinals open their 2017 season this weekend in Detroit against the Lions. The Arizona Cardinals ruled the running back questionable to return from the injury. And second-year defense end Anthony Zettel posted the Lions' only sack of the game, and just the second of his career.

Lions tackle A'Shawn Robinson forced a fumble that was recovered and returned by rookie Jarrad Davis, setting up a quick Theo Riddick touchdown catch. In his first National Football League game, the 6-foot-4, 2018 pound rookie was targeted eight times, and caught four passes for 69 yards and two impressive touchdowns.

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After forcing yet another punt, Stafford looked to Golladay again, heaving a bomb out of play-action.

Stafford finished his day 29-41 for 292 yards, four touchdowns and the one interception.

Appropriately, it was the defense that put an exclamation point on the victory. Defensive backs Glover Quin, Tavon Wilson and Miles Killebrew all came away with picks.

The Cardinals added a meaningless score late in the closing minutes.

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