Arizona Cardinals vs. Detroit Lions Betting Odds and Analysis

On the surface, this matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions appears to be a mismatch. It may also be the perfect “trap game” for the Cardinals, who are coming off a disappointing home loss to their division rival LA Rams.

The Cardinals (10-3 SU, 9-4 ATS) still have a great chance to end the season as the No. 1 seed in the competitive NFC, but they’ll need to win these “gimme” games. The Lions (1-11-1 SU, 8-5 ATS) have proven to be pesky, but have yet to pull off a big upset. Following a debacle at Mile High against the Broncos last Sunday, can they manage to get a feather-in-the-cap win at home? The early betting odds list the Cardinals as heavy favorites.

Arizona Cardinals Vs. Detroit Lions Betting Odds

The Cardinals and Lions will face each other on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in Detroit, Mich. The game will be televised on Fox.

DraftKingsCardinals -14 (-110)
Lions +14 (-110)
Rams -800
Lions +550
O 47.5 (-110)
U 47.5 (-110)
BetMGMCardinals -13.5 (-110)
Lions +13.5 (-110)
Rams -800
Lions +600
O 47.5 (-110)
U 47.5 (-110)
CaesarsCardinals -13.5 (-110)
Lions +13.5 (-110)
Rams -800
Lions +550
O 47.5 (-110)
U 47.5 (-110)
FanDuelCardinals -13.5 (-106)
Lions +13.5 (-114)
Rams -750
Lions +530
O 47.5 (-110)
U 47.5 (-110)

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Cardinals Are NFL’s Road Warriors

The NFL is a grueling league in which home teams have a lot of advantages, but somehow, the Cardinals are defying the odds. Arizona is 7-0 as a road team this season. The manner in which the Cards are winning away from home is impressive. Each of their seven road wins has come by at least 10 points.

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Same Old Lions?

The easiest thing to do is to predict that the Lions will lose. Adam Sandler will make inane movies, your aunt will give you a Christmas gift you don’t want, and the Lions will lose. It’s the three certainties of life. The Lions are entertaining. We will give them that much. This season they’ve lost three times on the final play of the game, and they won their only game on the final play of the game. They also tied once, which as they say, is like kissing your sister. Blech.  

Even with all the losing, and the head-scratching offensive schemes that first-year head coach Dan Campbell has utilized, there’s something endearing about the Detroit Lions. They scratch, claw, and fight, even when they are getting blown out.

Which is why I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the Lions compete with the Cardinals on Sunday. How ironic would it be for the Lions to be the team that finally beats Arizona outside of Arizona?

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Game Notes

  • In seven road games in 2021, the Cardinals have allowed 20 points only twice. They have surrendered 11 touchdowns in seven road games.
  • The Lions are 0-5-1 in games decided by one score. They have allowed 32.8 PPG in the other seven games. The Lions either break your heart or break your remote.
  • Kyler Murray has thrown for 300 yards twice this season once in a 34-33 win over the Vikings, and once in Monday’s loss to the Rams. The Cardinals are a ball-control offense.
  • The Detroit Lions are 8-5 against the spread this year.

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Betting Recommendation

The smart bet here is to take the points and bet on the Lions to beat the spread, which is hovering near the 14-point mark. I know the Broncos just pounded Detroit, and I know the Lions are a terrible, no-good team with a quarterback who can’t scramble, can’t throw deep, and can barely throw a spiral on a simple out-pattern. But…Detroit has played solid football since November, even though it has just one win and a tie to show for it. Campbell’s crew has played well enough to win four of their six home games, which is to say, they can beat the spread Sunday at Ford Field.

About the Author

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes has written three books about sports. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. He enjoys writing, running, and lemon bars. He lives near Lake Michigan with his daughters and usually has an orange cream soda nearby.