NFL Week 1 Line Arizona Vs DetroitJosh Bailey
Are Palmer and Arizona Cardinals the Pick as Slight Road favorites Against Stafford and Detroit Lions in Week 1 Matchup?
Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions went 9-7 and reached the playoffs a year ago. Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals went 8-7-1 last season to bring their two-year playoff run to an abrupt halt.
So why are Palmer and the cards favored to beat Stafford and the Lions in their 2017 Week 1 regular season opener and more importantly, are they the right pick to win and cash in? Let’s find out right now. These two NFC playoff hopefuls will square off on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET, live from Ford Field with this game airing on FOX.
NFL Week 1 Betting Line Arizona Cardinals Vs Detroit Lions
Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions
When: Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
NFL Odds: Arizona -1
Why Bet the Arizona Cardinals Line At -1
The Cardinals went 2-3 in the preseason, including their ‘unofficial’ Hall of Fame game matchup against Dallas. Arizona beat Oakland and Atlanta in Weeks 1 and 4 while losing to Dallas, Chicago in Week 2 and Denver in Week 4. Last season, Palmer and company ranked a stellar sixth in scoring by averaging a healthy 26.1 points per game, although their defense took a step backward in finishing 14th in points allowed at 22.6 per game.
To address their needs, Arizona signed veteran safety Antoine Bethea, linebacker Karlos Dansby and linebacker Jarvis Jones in free agency while drafting linebacker Hassan Reddick in the first round and safety Budda Baker in the second round. On offense, Arizona drafted wide receiver Chad Williams in the third round and guard Dorian Johnson in the fourth round while signing veteran kicker Phil Dawson and backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert in free agency.
Why Bet the Detroit Lions Line At +1
The Lions went 2-2 in the preseason by beating the Colts and Jets in Weeks 1 and 2 before losing to the Patriots and Bills. In their Week 4 loss, rookie quarterback Brad Kaaya went 12 of 20 for 182 yards and a pair of touchdowns and one pick to make his case for being the backup to Matthew Stafford. Last season, Detroit ranked an uninspiring 20th in scoring (21.6 ppg) and a respectable 13th in points allowed (22.4 ppg).
To address their needs, the Lions signed veteran guard T.J. Lang, linebacker Paul Worrilow, defensive end Cornelius Washington, cornerback D.J. Hayden, defensive tackle Akeem Spence and tackle Rick Wagner in free agency while drafting linebacker Jarrad Davis in the first round. The Lions lose wide receiver Anquan Boldin, guard Larry Warford and tackle Riley Reiff from last year’s squad.
NFL Week 1 Line Arizona Vs Detroit Betting Pick
Maybe it’s me, but I can’t understand why Detroit didn’t look to improve their offense when it clearly needs to add some more playmakers and their defense was at least respectable a year ago. The Lions have a Pro Bowler in wide receiver Golden Tate and an elusive running back in Ameer Abdullah, but they don’t have the kind of athleticism at the skill positions that ‘scares’ other teams.
I like the way the Arizona Cardinals looked to improve their defense and I believe they’re in for a bounce-back kind of season in 2017, starting with a big win over the Lions in this Week 1 opener. Arizona is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in the month of September and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall while Detroit is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against their NFC counterparts. Cardinals running back David Johnson will be the best player on the field in this one while leading Arizona to the outright road win!
Pick: Arizona Cardinals -1