It’s been a while since the Detroit Lions were favored headed into a Sunday. You’d have to go all the way back to Week 8, after the Lions were coming off an impressive win over the Dolphins and hosting the inconsistent Seattle Seahawks.
Boy, can things change quickly in this league. Since that week, the Lions have lost five of six and the Seahawks are sitting pretty at 7-5, winning four of their last six.
Anyways, this season hasn’t been quite as disorienting for the Cardinals. They were bad from the beginning and have arguably only gotten worse as the injuries continue to mount. This gives the Lions an opportunity to finally bounce back after facing seven straight opponents that currently have a record of .500 or better.
So with a cupcake finally on the schedule, who will emerge on Sunday? Today’s Question of the Day is:
Which Lions player could be in for a big game against the Cardinals?
My answer: Da’Shawn Hand.
The Cardinals offense is a complete mess after injuries have completely depleted the entire starting lineup from the beginning of training camp. The Lions interior defenders could—and should—eat up the Arizona offensive front, giving both running back David Johnson and rookie quarterback Josh Rosen a hard time.
The Cardinals have given up the third-most sacks in the league, and Hand is pretty much the team’s best interior pass rusher. The only mitigating factor here is whether the Lions will play Hand much in this game. Damon Harrison and A’Shawn Robinson have been absolutely dominant in the middle of the line as of late. I think that will continue, but it could force a lot of third-and-longs for the Cardinals offense, which could mean more playing time for Hand on passing downs. That’s when he’ll eat.