Detroit Lions – at Arizona
Yahoo – 31%, ESPN – 50.8%
Let’s face it, the Arizona Cardinals are simply a bad football team right now. They turned back to John Skelton in Week 14, but that just didn’t last long. That’s what happens when you throw four interceptions in your 22 pass attempts. The Cardinals ultimately turned the ball over eight times en route to being shut out.
Their best player, Larry Fitzgerald, has two catches for 25 yards over the past two weeks, has caught exactly one pass in three of his past four games (and hasn’t topped 31 yards in that span) and has four touchdowns on the season. They have no viable NFL quarterback. Beanie Wells has rushed for 40 yards on 21 carries over the past two weeks.
In other words, no matter who they were facing, the Cardinals represent a favorable matchup. As it is, the Lions defense does have potential with 30 sacks and 10 interceptions on the season. It really is just too good of a matchup to not gamble on.
Miami Dolphins – vs. Jacksonville
Yahoo – 28%, ESPN – 15.2%
If Detroit isn’t available, the Dolphins represent a nice fallback option. They have produced 37 sacks this season and draw a Jacksonville offense that is almost as inept as Arizona’s. They managed to score just 10 points against the Jets and could be without several key players.
Will Cecil Shorts be able to return from a concussion? Without him Chad Henne came back to earth, throwing for 185 yards and two interceptions in Week 14. The team is also scraping the bottom of the barrel for a RB, using third-stringer Montell Owens. While he performed well against the Jets, Miami is a much stronger team at stopping the run (102.1 rushing yards per game).
Like with Detroit, if you are in need of a defense this is one that is worth rolling the dice on.
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