Bob Kemp

A CARDINALS-LIONS SIX PACK OF KNOWLEDGE

BOTTOMLINE
        *LIONS 30, CARDINALS 12: The Cardinals entered 7-0 on the road, all the wins by double digits. The Cardinals left Detroit with one of the most embarrassing NFL losses this season versus the team that had the league’s worst record.
        *THE 13-POINT FAVORED CARDINALS WERE TOTAL NO-SHOWS: They trailed 17-0 at halftime with the Lions holding decisive advantages at intermission in first downs (14-5), rushing yards (70-13), passing yards (168-71), total yards (238-84) and total plays (37-23). The Lions three first-half scoring drives covered 63, 93 and 97 yards.
        *THE KLIFF KINGSBURY-LED CARDINALS ARE STUMBLING TO THE FINISH LINE, AGAIN: The Cardinals dropped to 3-4 over their last seven games. Also, is there some metric that indicates going to for two when trailing 27-12 is the right move?
        *KYLER MURRAY HAD ANOTHER PHONY STATISTICAL GAME: Murray missed open receivers with frequency throughout the game-deciding first half. In the second half, he didn’t get much help with multiple drops from his top available receivers, but the insurmountable deficit had been established in large part because the supposed franchise quarterback was bad.
        *THE DEFENSIVE SCHEME AND EXECUTION WERE POOR: The Lions hit the 20-point mark for just the third time this season. They constantly exposed Vance Joseph’s blitzes with linebackers somehow matched versus wide receivers on two of Jarred Goff’s three touchdown passes. Also, Budda Baker, Markus Golden and Isaiah Simmons failed to make seemingly easy tackles on three significant plays on scoring drives.
        *THE BOTTOM LINE: Twice this week the Cardinals have failed to clinch a playoff spot, and with three games remaining (home versus Colts and Seahawks and the Cowboys in between), the Red Sea is in legitimate danger of having zero playoff fun m Glendale.