This is Ameer Abdullah's time to shine. The Lions have a restructured offense, and the focus will be their running game. He played his college ball at Northern Illinois, where he caught 87 passes for 1,156 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior last season, and 79 passes for 1,129 yards and 10 TDs two years ago as a junior. His newly signed contract that offers him about $2 million a game lets us know they have big things in store for him.
Head coach Bruce Arians of the Arizona Cardinals walks off the field before the start of the National Football League game against the Oakland Raiders at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Lions will gain yards, but the defense won't be able to get off the field if they give up cheap yards after contact.
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Two plays later, Stafford connected with Theo Riddick from seven yards out for a touchdown, but a failed two-point conversion left the Lions down two. However, the Leos are a bit undermanned on defense and will need someone to step up if they're going to keep this Arizona offense at bay, and in the end I'm not sure they will be able to do enough to keep David Johnson off the scoreboard.
Detroit Lions fans have seen some ugly football, but the first quarter of the Lions' 2017 regular season was brutal even by Detroit standards. On the other hand, The Arizona Cardinals faced off against the Atlanta Falcons. Is this team more like their 2015 selves, when they were 13-3 and lost in the NFC title game, or are they like the 2016 version of the Cardinals, which finished 7-8-1? This game alone changed everything, and the Lions are officially ranked the underdog.