By RICKY LINDSAY, Lions Beat Reporter
In a game between two 4-9 teams, the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals both looked to halt their long losing streaks. The Cardinals managed to do just that, routing the Lions 38-10 in Phoenix after being embarrassed by the Seattle Seahawks.
Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford struggled against the Cardinals’ secondary, completing 24 passes on 50 attempts for 246 yards. Stafford also threw three interceptions, with two of those accounting for touchdowns.
Cardinals’ quarterback Ryan Lindley completed 14 passes on 21 attempts for 104 yards. Lindley added an interception on his team’s second drive of the game.
The Lions’ running game didn’t make much noise against the Cardinals’ defense. Mikel Leshoure rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, while Joique Bell rushed for 24 yards on 7 carries.
The Cardinals’ focused on the ground game against the Lions, coming up one yard short of 100 total rushing yards. Beanie Wells, the former Ohio State Buckeye, led the way with 67 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries.
Lions’ receiver Calvin Johnson continued his dominance over opponent’s secondaries. He had ten receptions for 121 yards on 17 targets. It was Johnson’s tenth game this season in which he totaled over 100 receiving yards.
With the disappointing loss, the Lions drop to 4-10 on the season. Their losing streak also increases to six games.
The Lions are now in a prime position to lock up a top-five pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Only the Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Philadelphia Eagles own a worse record than the Lions.
The Lions welcome the 12-2 Atlanta Falcons to Detroit for Monday Night Football. Although the game takes place Saturday, it is still considered part of ESPN’s Monday Night Football, since Christmas Eve is celebrated on Monday.
The game can be seen at 8:30PM on ESPN.