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Arizona Cardinals 2019 Opponents Notes: Detroit Lions in year two of Matt Patricia, planning on two tight ends and more

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The Arizona Cardinals have a familiar opponent to start the 2019 NFL season.

No, the Detroit Lions are not division opponents, but over the last six seasons the Arizona Cardinals have played the Lions five times.

They are 3-2 over the last five games, but the last two the Cardinals are 0-2, losing a combined 52-26 in those games.

Now, they open the 2019 season with the Detroit Lions.

What do we need to know?

Let’s take a look at Pride of Detroit to see what is going on with the Lions.

Detroit Lions film breakdown: Da’Shawn Hand is a player the Lions can build around - Pride Of Detroit
The fourth-round pick was a star is his first NFL season.

How often will the Detroit Lions use 2 tight end sets in 2019? - Pride Of Detroit
The Lions are going to use tight ends a lot... but how much can we actually expect?

The ‘Snacks effect’ is real based on these grades - Pride Of Detroit
Damon Harrison’s arrival resulted in some huge grade improvements, per PFF.

T.J. Hockenson will rekindle Matthew Stafford’s love of tight ends - Pride Of Detroit
Matthew Stafford used to target TEs more than anyone else. It’s time for some throwback Stafford.

Detroit Lions OC Darrell Bevell not afraid of ‘pushing against the grain’ in offensive philosophy - Pride Of Detroit
The Lions offense isn’t following current NFL trends, and Detroit OC is fine with that.

Lions LB coach: Jarrad Davis is ‘going to take the next step for us for sure’ - Pride Of Detroit
Jarrad Davis has a hype man, and it just so happens to be his linebacker coach.

Teez Tabor’s biggest improvement: ‘Became more coachable’ - Pride Of Detroit
The 3rd-year corner is showing some maturity on and off the field.

Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia not slowing down in Year 2 - Pride Of Detroit
The Lions head coach said he’ll be teaching even more in Year 2.

Golden Tate believes Lions are headed in the right direction - Pride Of Detroit
The former Lions receiver holds no ill will towards Detroit after being traded last season.

Zach Zenner considering future in healthcare: ‘I’m really passionate about science’ - Pride Of Detroit
The RB is considering a career in the healthcare field for LAF (life after football).

Tracy Walker was one of the most clutch safeties in 2018 - Pride Of Detroit
The second-year Lions safety continues to get praise for his rookie season.

It’s time for the Detroit Lions to own the Bears again - Pride Of Detroit
It’s time for the Lions to reclaim this rivalry after an embarrassing year.

Which Lions player is most important to Detroit’s success in 2019? - Pride Of Detroit
After all the roster moves this offseason, which Lions player is most important to the team’s success this season?

Detroit Lions film breakdown: Malik Carney is a UDFA to keep an eye on - Pride Of Detroit
The defensive end has a real case to make the 53-man roster.

Connor Cook is excited to play in Michigan once again - Pride Of Detroit
The former Spartan is back in familiar lands.

Detroit Lions mandatory minicamp: Day 1 observations - Pride Of Detroit
Our observations from the Lions’ minicamp opener.

Michael Roberts working to give Lions no choice but to play him - Pride Of Detroit
Roberts isn’t worried about the Lions’ increased competition at tight end.

Tracy Walker has a more expansive skill set than the Detroit Lions thought - Pride Of Detroit
The Lions were thrilled when they drafted Tracy Walker. They may be even more excited now.

A cap expert’s take on the Darius Slay, Damon Harrison holdouts - Pride Of Detroit
Why are they holding out? What’s fair deal they could expect? How does the CBA factor in?

Detroit Lions minicamp Day 2 observations: Shake ups on the offensive line - Pride Of Detroit
The Lions tried some new combinations on Wednesday.

Detroit Lions sign Jermaine Kearse - Pride Of Detroit
Turns out the Lions will be adding the veteran receiver.