Gameday: Lions (2-7) at Cardinals (1-8)

The Lions want to attack the Cardinals' secondary, which will be overmatched on the outside against WRs Roy Williams and Mike Furrey. But Lions QB Jon Kitna acknowledged he must be wary of SS Adrian Wilson, the Cardinals' top defensive playmaker who is also used liberally in blitz packages.

KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:05 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/19/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: FOX, Ron Pitts, Terry Donahue, Kevin McCabe

SERIES: 58th game in the series, dating back to a scoreless tie between the Chicago Cardinals and Portsmouth Spartans in 1930. Overall, the Lions hold a 31-21-5 lead, including home wins in each of the last three years. The Cardinals have won the last three meetings in Arizona, though, including a 23-20 overtime victory in 2002.

2006 RANKINGS: Lions: offense 14th (29th rush, 7th pass); defense 26th (25th rush, 19th pass). Cardinals: offense 28th (32nd rush, 14th pass); defense 29th (21st rush, 29th pass)

PREDICTION: Lions 24, Cardinals 21

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Lions want to attack the Cardinals' secondary, which will be overmatched on the outside against WRs Roy Williams and Mike Furrey. But Lions QB Jon Kitna acknowledged he must be wary of SS Adrian Wilson, the Cardinals' top defensive playmaker who is also used liberally in blitz packages. Arizona is still searching for an offensive line combination that can create some running lanes for RB Edgerrin James. The Lions are minus DT Shaun Rogers and DE James Hall, and starting DEs Kalimba Edwards and Jared DeVries don't have a sack between them this season, so rookie QB Matt Leinart shouldn't be under as much heat as he has been accustomed to. Still, he needs to improve his accuracy and WR Larry Fitzgerald isn't fully recovered from his hamstring injury.

FAST FACTS: Teams meet for the sixth consecutive season. Lions: LB Ernie Sims is second among NFL rookies with 72 tackles. ... Furrey already has a career-high 516 receiving yards. Cardinals: RB Edgerrin James doesn't have a 100-yard game this season, but has climbed into 19th-place all-time with 9,820 career rushing yards.

PERSONNEL NEWS:
Lions:
  • WR Kevin Kasper was waived to make room for returning WR Corey Bradford. Kasper spent two weeks as a Lion and did not catch a pass. "I think the system just overwhelmed him," offensive coordinator Mike Martz said. "He's a good enough player to play for us if we had been able to give him more time to learn the system."
  • QB Josh McCown is expected to get some playing time in the final seven games of the season, but not where he might have expected. McCown has been working out at wide receiver, and offensive coordinator Mike Martz said that he expects to play McCown in a limited role at the position.
  • DT Shaun Cody practiced for a second consecutive day as he recovers from a dislocated toe. Cody, who has missed three games, is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Arizona.
  • DT Shaun Rogers will miss the Cardinals game as he serves the final game of a four-week drug suspension. Rogers is eligible to return for the Thanksgiving Day game against Miami.
  • DT Cory Redding, the Lions' best defensive lineman in the past month, did not practice Wednesday or Thursday because of a strained calf muscle, but he is listed as probable for the Cardinals game.

    Cardinals:
  • QB Matt Leinart has completed just 45 percent of his passes in his past two starts. His footwork has not been good, and many of his passes have sailed high.
  • OG Milford Brown will start on the left side, replacing Chris Liewienski, who has filled in adequately when others have been injured. Brown started the first five games at right guard before suffering a sprained ankle. Deuce Lutui is now the starter at right guard.
  • NT Kendrick Clancy played well last week after missing three games with an ankle injury. He is a key to the run defense.
  • WR Larry Fitzgerald probably won't be fully healthy for the rest of the season, but he'll be able to play on a sore right hamstring. Coaches might be prudent and give Fitzgerald more of a rest than he usually receives.
  • WR Anquan Boldin continues to produce when given the chance, but the team has had trouble getting the ball to him the past two weeks.
  • DT Darnell Dockett missed two practices this week because of a toe injury, but he's expected to play against the Lions.
  • FB Obafemi Ayanabadejo, who missed two games with a leg bruise, is expected to play against the Lions.

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