Originally written on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 11/19/14
  The Arizona Cardinals are playing some of the worst football in recent history. After somehow lucking their way into winning their first four games of the season, they have now rattled off nine straight losses and look to be going nowhere fast as they placed Kevin Kolb on the IR this week and anointed Ryan Lindley his replacement.  The Cardinals are a team that will find themselves in the off-season mix for a slew of different options under centre. From Vick to Alex Smith and Matt Flynn. Or maybe Geno Smith or Matt Barkley? Whoever they go after, rest assured that they will not deal with another season of the debacle that they have dealt with this year.  The offensive line is a disaster, the running game is a Beanie Wells type disaster and the defence can only do so much when their attack struggles to throw for 200 a game. Beanie and LaRod Stephens-Howling are hardly the one-two combination that strikes fear into the heart of opponents.  Arizona has not scored more than twenty point since week four, and they have 23 points in their last three games - combined. It is ugly and there is no reason to expect that they will even compete in another game this year.  The Lions are admittedly struggling, but in a painful way that only they could do. They have lost three straight games when leading by ten of more points, and they have become the king of coming out on the wrong end of a close loss. While the secondary receiving options are lacking a bit for Stafford these days with Titus going AWOL and Broyles tearing his ACL, Megatron is still the most dominating receiver in league history and Leshoure has started to find some consistency on the ground.  A few bounces in the other direction and the Lions could just a easily be 9-4. They have lost three games by three points, one by two and two by four. Got that? Well they love to lose close games and allow teams to come from behind. But the talents is all over the field, save for the corners, so look for them to take it at the Cards.  It wont be long until Patrick Peterson finds his way out of town like DRC did before him. It would also not be crazy for Larry Fitz to quietly ask around about other opportunities once the season is complete. Imagine Fitz on the Pats? It could be Randy Moss revisited. There is no sense in the Cards paying him as much as they do if they are not going to be able to get him the ball anytime soon.  While the Lions do love to allow teams to keep it close, Arizona is playing on a level rarely seen in terms of futility. Look for Detroit to make quick and easy work and walk away with an easy road cover.    Pick of the Week record: 6-8. The Cowboys staged an impressive comeback last week in light of a tragedy. Impossible to take into account, and would rather that they didn't play any game at all. 
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Giants ‘considering a run’ at Ndamukong Suh

Darnell Dockett reportedly visiting 49ers on Tuesday

David West on Brian Shaw being fired: ‘That’s bulls–t'

Hamels trade talk motivating Red Sox pitching staff

Spiller: EJ Manuel learned not to be 'buddy buddy' with everyone

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Yankees fire employee over Curt Schilling's daughter tweets

Ravens settle grievance, pay Ray Rice $1.6 million

A-Rod goes 0-2 against Yankees pitching machine 'Iron Mike'

Redick: Flip Saunders told me to ‘shut the f— up’ three times

Ohio native Brian Hartline to visit Browns today

Report: Jets owner urging team to pursue Darrelle Revis

Trying to solve the Alex Guerrero problem

Mets to host families of slain NYPD officers at spring training

Teams that should be on NCAA Tourney upset alert

SpongeBob SquarePants: The newest NASCAR race sponsor

Winners and losers of the NHL trade deadline

Andrew Luck shaved beard, left mustache

Museum to give away DeLorean if Cubs win World Series

Jameis Winston looking to trademark 'Famous Jameis'

Maple Leafs burned on Twitter by frustrated fan

Keith Olbermann putting an end to his Twitter 'batting practice'

Prospect receives 75 cent check from Yankees

Flores: If Nick Young takes a shot at me, he's going to miss

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Spiller: EJ Manuel learned not to be 'buddy buddy' with everyone

Ten most underrated NFL free agents

Five potential landing spots for Andre Johnson

Texas-Baylor fight leads to 7 ejections

Mark Cuban will be Prez in 'Sharknado 3'

Report: Redskins interested in Suh

Report: Revis likely to hit free agency

Steve Spurrier joins Twitter

MJ makes Forbes billionaire list

Nick Young fires back at Robert Flores

Sad LeBron literally looks in mirror after loss to Rockets

MLS 2015 season preview

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.