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Lions-Cardinals Week 1 Bold Prediction: Matthew Stafford goes wild

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The Arizona Cardinals take on the Lions in Week 1 with a crippled secondary; can Stafford take advantage of it?

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Remember the 48-3 shellacking of the Kansas City Chiefs that took place at the hands of Matthew Stafford and Jim Schwartz back in September of 2011?

If not, go watch that and have a good time. If you do, get ready to see more of it.

The Detroit Lions travel to the desert in Week 1 to take on Kyler Murray & Co. in the debut of Murray and first-year NFL coach Kliff Kingsbury. While all the hype is surrounding their up-tempo, college-style offense, there are some major red flags on the defense.

Bold prediction of the week: Stafford passes for 350 yards, three touchdowns against crippled Cardinals secondary

If this were still the Jim Schwartz/Scott Linehan era, I’d probably up this to 450 and four touchdowns, but unfortunately we don’t see gunslinger Stafford as often these days.

Nonetheless, new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell should be drooling as he game plans for the Cardinals. They’ve got two cornerbacks on IR, in addition to All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson being suspended for use of performance enhancing drugs.

The Cardinals already have two players ruled out for Sunday along the offensive line and have two defensive players questionable, including former first-round pick Haason Reddick. Rookie wide receiver Hakeem Butler is also already out for the year after fracturing his hand in a preseason game.

Matt Patricia and Paul Pasqualoni should be just as excited as the offensive staff about getting a chance to let their boys loose against Arizona. The revamped Lions defensive line should feast against the already-bad and now-tattered Cardinals offensive line, and it should be a solid start to the season for the Lions all around.