LIONS VS CARDINALS PREVIEW
September 11, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
DETROIT LIONS (1-0) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (0-1)
LIONS: Since 2011, QB MATTHEW STAFFORD ranks 2nd in NFL with 10,362 pass yards. Passed for 357 yards last week…RB REGGIE BUSH is 1st player since CID EDWARDS (1972) with 90+ rush (90) & 100+ rec. yards (101) in 1st game with new team. Also had career-long 77-yard TD catch last week, longest by Lions RB since BILLY SIMS (1981). When Bush has 19+ att., his teams are 9-2. RB JOIQUE BELL rushed for career-high 2 TDs last week. Added 5 catches for 67 yards…WR CALVIN JOHNSON had 10 catches for 121 yards in last meeting. Since 2011, leads NFL with 3,682 rec. yards & 111.6 rec. yards per game. Since 2008, leads NFL with 7,117 rec. yards & 50 rec. TDs. TE BRANDON PETTIGREW is 1 of 4 TEs with 200+ catches (215) since 2010…Last week, LB STEPHEN TULLOCH had INT & sack in same game for 1st time in career. DT NICK FAIRLEY had 1.5 sacks last week. Has 5.5 sacks in past 6. LB DE ANDRE LEVY had INT in last meeting. Had INT last week. DT NDAMUKONG SUH had sack in last meeting. Has 22 sacks in career, 2nd most by DT since 2010 & most by NFC DT…
CARDINALS: In last game vs. Det. (12/18/11 with Oak.), QB CARSON PALMER completed 32 of 40 (80 pct.) for 367 yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 113.2 rating…RB RASHARD MENDENHALL had rush TD in only game vs. Det. (10/11/09 with Pit.)…WR LARRY FITZGERALD had 2 TD catches last week & has 4 rec. TDs in past 3 Sept. games. Has 3 rec. TDs in past 3 meetings. Since 2007 (incl. playoffs), leads NFL with 64 rec. TDs. WR ANDRE ROBERTS has 4 rec. TDs in past 5 Sept. games… CB-PR PATRICK PETERSON had INT in last meeting. Has INT in 3 of past 5 at home. In last meeting, defense had 3 INTs & 37.6 opp. pass rating. S RASHAD JOHNSON had 53-yard INT-TD in last game vs. Det. DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had sack in last meeting. LB JOHN ABRAHAM has 122 career sacks, most by active player. Only player in NFL history with sack vs. all 32 teams. Since 2007 (incl. playoffs), DT DARNELL DOCKETT has 34 sacks, most in NFL by DT. LB KARLOS DANSBY is 1 of 2 active players (LONDON FLETCHER) with 30+ sacks (31.5) & 10+ INTs (11). Tied career high with 2 INTs vs. Det. (11/11/07).