Game Day: Lions (6-2) at Cardinals (3-5)

59th meeting. Lions lead, 31-22-5. The teams have played eight times in the last nine years, and the Lions have gone 3-5. The Lions haven't won in Arizona since 1993. Game prediction, notes and more inside.

GAME PREVIEW KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:15 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/11/07
SURFACE: Grass
TV: FOX, Ron Pitts, Tony Boselli
SERIES: 59th meeting. Lions lead, 31-22-5. The teams have played eight times in the last nine years, and the Lions have gone 3-5. The Lions haven't won in Arizona since 1993.

PREDICTION: Lions 24 - Cardinals 17

KEYS TO THE GAME: Lions QB Jon Kitna hasn't thrown an interception during the winning streak, and much of the credit has to go to RB Kevin Jones keeping the offense out of third-and-longs. If Arizona can shut Jones down, its complex blitz packages should be able to apply serious heat. However, if the Cardinals gamble and don't get to Kitna, their secondary is at a big disadvantage against the Lions' receivers. ... The Lions are fifth in the NFL with 24.0 sacks, led by a rejuvenated and suddenly-dominating DT Shaun Rogers. The Cardinals have allowed just eight sacks, but the bigger concern is Detroit's linemen getting to fumble-prone QB Kurt Warner, who is still playing with a brace on his injured left elbow. The Cardinals want to keep it close and get back to focusing on RB Edgerrin James.

KEY INJURIES: Lions: DE Kalimba Edwards (knee) is expected to play after missing two games; RT Jonathan Scott (broken thumb) is out 2-3 weeks. Cardinals: SS Adrian Wilson (heel) has been limited in practice, but will play; ILB Karlos Dansby (knee) should return after missing two games.

FAST FACTS: Detroit is 6-2 for the first time since 1999, the last time it made the playoffs. ... The Cardinals are second in the NFL with 67 penalties, 8.4 per game.

PERSONNEL NEWS:
Lions:

  • DE Dewayne White did not practice for the second straight day Thursday because of an elbow injury, and defensive coordinator Joe Barry spoke as if he might not have him Sunday at Arizona.
  • FB Jon Bradley, who did not practice Wednesday because of an ankle injury, returned to full practice Thursday and probably will play Sunday.
  • QB Jon Kitna, who rested some bumps and bruises by having a limited practice Wednesday, practiced fully Thursday and should be fine for Sunday.
  • RG Stephen Peterman remains the starter, according to offensive coordinator Mike Martz, and will not rotate with Damien Woody as he did Sunday against Denver.
  • RT George Foster will reclaim his starting position with Jonathan Scott out with a broken thumb. Foster said his ankle was fine.

    Cardinals:

  • NT Alan Branch is expected to receive more playing time in the second half of the season. Branch, a rookie, was hampered in the first month of the season with a fractured hand. He's healthy now and coaches want to increase his playing time as a backup to Gabe Watson.
  • CB Eric Green, in his third season, hasn't had an interception since his rookie year. He's well aware of it and is antsy to get one. But he doesn't want to get over-anxious and get out of position because of it.
  • S Aaron Francisco is expected to miss Sunday's game because of a knee sprain. That's a blow to the special teams. Francisco also played a part in one nickel package. The club hasn't been able to use that much this year because of Francisco's injury.
  • QB Kurt Warner will continue to wear a brace on his left arm for the next several weeks, and perhaps the rest of the season. Warner is played with a torn ligament in his elbow. He won't need surgery but it's going to take several weeks for the ligament to heal and provide Warner with the stability and strength he needs.
  • SS Adrian Wilson is playing with a painful heel that limited his practice time this week. But he's expected to play Sunday. Wilson hasn't missed a game since 2002, his second year in the league. He has a streak of 56 consecutive games.

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