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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly In Cardinals loss to the Lions

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What worked, what didn’t and what made you turn away in the Arizona Cardinals opening loss?

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Not much good in this week's addition. However, it was the first game of the year, a 10am game, in Detroit. Seattle lost, which hopefully means they still have a chance, unless the Rams just became juggernauts overnight.

The Good

Larry Fitzgerald is still kicking. 34 years old and he’s still got it. If Carson Palmer could hit the broadside of a barn yesterday, he may have had an even bigger day.

Rookie’s stepping up. Haason Reddick had 8 total tackles, and 1.5 TFLs. He was all over the place, showing that the Cardinals may have gotten exactly what they needed when the selected him firsth overall.

Run Defense. It was good, but it didn’t matter.

A punter who can punt?!?! Holy cow Andy Lee, dude can boot the ball. Out kicked coverage twice, which is something Amos Jones will have to work on. Or not. Who knows what Amos Jones does.

The Bad

Pretty much everything on the offense. The line played like crap, with D.J. Humphries getting injured early, the Cardinals offensive line never gave Palmer the time he needed to get comfortable. The line only gave up 1 sack, but let Carson get hit 7 times and probably double that in pressures.

Carson Palmer looked old. While the line didn’t help him, and the lack of the run game didn’t help him, he didn’t help himself with 3 INTs, several throws into the dirt and generally looking like the Carson who got destroyed in the playoffs. Maybe it was just a bad day, but there have been a lot of those with Carson. This is probably his last season. Or… maybe it should be.

What happened in the second half? The secondary fell apart. Tyrann Mathieu got eaten alive by Golden Tate. After a really nice first half by Bethel, he gave up some big plays in the second. The pass rush kept missing Stafford, letting him slip the pocket for most of his big plays. The TD over Patrick Peterson? Stafford dodged a sack and find Marvin Jones. Can’t expect the DBs to cover all day in man.

We cut Catman. WTF Phil Dawson?

The Ugly

The run game was abysmal. The Lions came prepared to stop the run today and succeeded wildly. There were no holes, and the RBs had nowhere to go. Add in David Johnson’s fumbles and hand injury and it’s pouring salt and lime all over the wound. What’s most frustrating was how Arians kept running the ball right into the teeth of the Detroit defense. How about we change it up a bit Arians? Got too cute and too predictable.

Injures. These will be covered ad nauseam.