Defense, Golladay star as Lions surge past Cardinals

Tricia Pearson
September 11, 2017

In the third quarter, the Cardinals offense-which had mustered just one field goal through 30 minutes of football-finally warmed up, with quarterback Carson Palmer stringing together two long drives, even as star tailback David Johnson watched from the sidelines with an injury.

Both starting safeties - Glover Quin and Tavon Wilson - recorded interceptions in the first half Sunday.

The effort appeared to be wasted when defensive end Anthony Zettel was flagged for leaping on the field-goal attempt, giving the Cardinals a fresh set of downs, but the defense held firm a second time, forcing the Cardinals to settle for a chip shot field goal and a 10-point lead.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford is playing his best football since past year and a half, and it could get a stronger with the addition of running back Ameer Abdullah, who missed later half of the last season with a foot injury.

Another week, another new punter?: It might be the case for Detroit after Kasey Redfern injured his knee running out of the end zone after he dropped a flawless snap from Don Muhlbach. 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. A penalty negated that and gave the Cardinals a first down.

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Dyche said the lack of patience shown toward managers was not simply a case of hasty decisions being made by owners. "Normally you have ten games and we are at seven or eight including pre-season and the Carabao Cup", he said.

Arizona is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2016 campaign which saw the team go 7-8-1 a year after winning 13 games and making it all the way to the NFC Championship Game. Jones biggest play was a nice grab on a ball thrown slightly behind him to pick up a third down.

After forcing yet another punt, Stafford looked to Golladay again, heaving a bomb out of play-action. But Lions fans have also seen plenty of fourth-quarter comebacks, and quarterback Matthew Stafford technically delivered a critical one.

Golden Tate had 10 catches for 107 yards, and Golladay finished with four catches for 69 yards and his two scores.

Appropriately, it was the defense that put an exclamation point on the victory.

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