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Lions’ decimated DTs should help Cardinals

Posted by Darren Urban on October 9, 2015 – 10:29 am

That loss the Lions had in Seattle has hurt them beyond the standings, and it looks like it’ll help the Cardinals and Bruce Arians’ improving run game. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata didn’t practice all week with a bad calf, and he looks like a long shot to be able to play Sunday against the Cardinals. The Lions had already lost their other starting defensive tackle, Tyrunn Walker, after Walker broke his leg against the Seahawks.

UPDATE: Ngata is indeed out, as is tight end Eric Ebron and running back Joique Bell.

Ngata and Walker are the two replacements the Lions had for the now-departed Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. Suh and Fairley gave Detroit a formidable front. Ngata and Walker had slid in nicely, but now, Detroit is scrambling. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are getting Andre Ellington back to add to Chris Johnson and David Johnson. Plus, guard Mike Iupati has had a game to knock the rust off. Through four games, the Cardinals have 487 yards rushing and have averaged 4.4 yards a carry — running numbers that they haven’t had in years. Their top three backs all average at least 4.4 yards a carry. David Johnson and Ellington, in a smaller sample size, are at 5.8 and 5.7 yards a carry, respectively.

It isn’t all bad news for the Lions. Linebacker DeAndre Levy, one of the best in the league last season, is coming off an injury and is ready for his season debut. But the Cardinals seem set to use to run on the road, and having starters out in the heart of the defense can’t hurt.

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11 Responses to “Lions’ decimated DTs should help Cardinals”

  1. By joe Holst on Oct 9, 2015 | Reply

    Who are the new starters, DET DT’s?

  2. By Darren Urban on Oct 9, 2015 | Reply

    Joe —

    RE: DTs

    I’d have to look. Their roster is on detroitlions.com.

  3. By jaime on Oct 9, 2015 | Reply

    to me its more urgency for Cards to win this game then the Lions trying to win first game because… Super Bowl Teams do not loose two games in a row!! If Cards loose its 99.9% over for a chance at Super Bowl or even NFC Championship based on how this season is going. So my Cards, go out there and dominate all sides of the ball. No Mercy!! No quarter given!! Lets go BIG Red!!!!

  4. By Steve on Oct 9, 2015 | Reply

    Darren: Do you think J.J Nelson plays or is he probably out another week?

  5. By Darren Urban on Oct 9, 2015 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Nelson

    He was fielding punts in practice, so that’s a good sign. We’ll see.

  6. By William Barry on Oct 9, 2015 | Reply

    We need to get our swagger back!!!! Detroit’s DL bodes well for us.

  7. By Scott H on Oct 9, 2015 | Reply

    As always, I never mind getting a little help from the injuries to opposing teams, especially after what WE went through last year! EVERYDODY we played got the benefit of that, and it only got better for our opponents as the season went on. We deserve every little break we get this year, whether we need it or not.

    Hate to say it out loud but with Ellington back, we truly have an embarrassment of riches at the RB position. Again, after whet we endured last year, I feel no guilt about that. I cannot think of another team that has better rotation of RB’s from 1 to 3 on the depth chart. Geez, David Johnson might actually be the most explosive RB we have right now and he is THIRD in the pecking order ( again, strictly on paper ). I think by season’s end, DJ will be getting more opportunities.

    The acquisition of Chris Johnson might be the best move this team made in the off-season. Seriously. I know, really, it’s Iupati, but….at times, maybe NOT. CJ has gone from a one-year flier to the lead RB in the offense and he has saved us from what WOULD have been, which would have been DJ being pressed into duty as a starter much sooner than he would have been ready. CJ has allowed the team to not miss a beat during Ellington’s absence and he allows the coaches to bring DJ along as they feel he is ready. He has been a gift from the football Gods.

  8. By D on Oct 9, 2015 | Reply

    D
    Is it a fair assessment that “Spoon” was signed as insurance in case the dual of Minter/Buccannon didn’t meet expectations?

  9. By Darren Urban on Oct 9, 2015 | Reply

    D —

    RE: Spoon

    I think at that time of year, it was signing a quality player to fill the roster and then see how the offseason/camp filtered them out.

    Spoon ran first team all of the offseason.

  10. By Craig on Oct 9, 2015 | Reply

    I’m still not sure why the Cardinals did not run the ball down the Rams throat. After their defense was on the field for 40 minutes we should have been running right through them. I really hope they get the run first mentality.

  11. By jeffgollin on Oct 10, 2015 | Reply

    “Chess game” should be intriguing & could involve Detroit compensating for the loss of both DT’s – perhaps by bringing their LB’s on twists and stunts – and Carson Palmer countering with slants, screens and flares off play action

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