David Johnson questionable to return from wrist injury vs. Lions

Lions vs. Cardinals preview Arizona defense presents a challenge

So many different predictions are out there on how the Cardinals will do this season. He recently became the highest-paid quarterback in the league.

The Lions made Matthew Stafford the highest-paid player in National Football League history this offseason, and he will be out to prove that he is worth the big contract. The game slated for 1:00 PM EST in Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan.

Taking charge at running back will be David Johnson, the young and gifted posted an exceptional performance in last season. Punter Casey Redfern fumbled the snap in the back of his end zone, then had to run it out to the Detroit 13, but he got hit hard and eventually got carted to the locker room. On the other hand, the Cardinals do have some playmakers on their defensive unit, and that could prove to be the difference in this one.

What it means: Yes, it's only the first game, but the Lions needed this one.

For most of Sunday's game, the Cardinals looked like they were still knocking the rust off from the preseason. It was flawless evidence of what makes the 6'4 rookie such a risky target.

The Cardinals feature 17 players who are on their active roster for the first time. Arizona was a trendy Super Bowl pick last season but a dismal start to the year quickly derailed those plans and now they are left trying to play their way back into that conversation, but they certainly have the pieces to do some damage, led by superstar running back David Johnson.

The spread is a tight one in this matchup, and the game is going to play that way. After a 25-yard return set the Lions up inside Arizona territory, Stafford steered the offense 42 yards in 11 plays, finding Marvin Jones in the end zone on a broken play for a six-yard score.

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