He is the highest paid player in football with how many playoff wins? Matt Stafford has a lot to prove this year after signing an extension worth 135 million dollars. He’s off to a good start leading the Lions past the Arizona Cardinals in week 1 after a monster 4th quarter in the Motor City. The new highest paid man in football was not off to a good start after being picked off by Justin Bethel who ran it back 82 yards for a early Cardinal lead. Stafford and the Lions offense had trouble moving the ball and were shut out the entire first quarter. The second quarter is where we saw Stafford start to gain some ground, finding Marvin Jones for his first touchdown of the year. With 39 second left in the quarter after a missed Cardinal Field goal, Stafford led the team up field and set up Matt Prater for a 58 yard field Goal. The Lions went into the half down 17-15.
The Cardinals won the Third Quarter outscoring the Lions 7-6 and went into the fourth leading 17-15. For last quarter of the game it was all Stafford and the Lions outscoring the Cardinals 20-6 with Two touchdowns from Stafford and a pick six from Miles Killebrew to give the Lions a 35-23 win. The first game for Stafford after his big payday was a successful one throwing for 292 yard and 4 touchdowns. One of the big stories we can pull from this game is the performance by the Lions defense. The defense came into the season with low expectations and shined in week one intercepting Carson Palmer three times and holding the Arizona offense to only 16 points, 45 rushing yards, and 309 total offensive yards. This was a great start for a unit that finished in the bottom 16 last year for yards let up per game. The Lions will now set their sights on a Monday night matchup against the 0-1 New York Giants in New Jersey.
The Cardinals suffered a huge blow on offense losing their Star running back David Johnson to a dislocated wrist for 2-3 months. In the wake of his injury the Cardinals have resigned Chris Johnson to add some depth at the position. The Cardinals will look for their first win Sunday in Indianapolis against a Colts team that was obliterated by the Rams in Week 1.
-Austin Davidson @adavidsongmb