It is time for our Madden simulation to see what artificial intelligence tells us will happen in the Week 5 game between the Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions. There is more offense than expected from Detroit and the Cardinals settle for a lot of field goals. The Lions turn the ball over three times and Chandler Catanzaro kicks seven field goals to give Arizona a 28-22 win on the road.
Arizona gets on the board first in the first quarter with a Catman 32-yard field goal. The Lions answer with a field goal of their own, but only after they were stopped at the one-yard line.
Detroit takes a 6-3 lead early in the second quarter, but the Cardinals kick four more field goals after that, but the Cards have a miscue right at the end of the half. David Johnson fumbles with less than a minute left and the Lions score a touchdown with 10 second left in the half.
It was 15-13 Cards entering the second half.
Arizona gets a 30-yard field goal from Catanzaro to start the third quarter and then the two teams trade punts. The Lions move to the redczone quickly, but the Arizona defense holds the Lions to a 24-yard field goal to stay ahead 18-16.
Detroit takes the lead in the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Matt Prater missed the extra point, making it 22-18.
The two teams force punts and then the Cards get within field goal range, but elect to go for it on fourth down, but Carson Palmer is sacked. But they get the ball back when the defense forces a fumble and the Cardinals take the lead with a 49-yard pass play to Chris Johnson to take teh elad 25-22
Tony Jefferson picks off a pass and then the Cardinals move down the field and kick a field goal, stretching the lead to 28-22. Detroit turned the ball over on downs and the Cardinals end up with the wacky win.
Palmer was 25/45 for 312 yards and a touchdown. Chris Johnson gained 67 yards on 17 carries and caught three passes for 71 yards and the winning touchdown. Larry Fitzgerald leads the team with eight catches for 102 yards.
The defense gets three sacks, one each from Alex Okafor, Kareem Martin and Frostee Rucker. Jefferson has the interception and LaMarr Woodley forces and recovers a fumble.
Matthew Stafford was 28/46 for 284 yards, a score and a pick. The Lions did rush for 112 yards, but Theo Riddick was held to 47 yards and rookie Ameer Abdullah rushed for 23.
Calvin Johnson did have a big game, catching eight passes for 110 yards. Golden Tate caught seven for 65 and Pettigrew had six for 53 and the one touchdown.