Will The Cardinals Beat the Lions, or Will They Beat Themselves? After Last Week, It's Anyone's Guess

If you're a Cardinals fan, you're probably still trying to figure out what the hell happened on Monday night, when the Cards got lit up against the San Francisco 49ers.

Here's what happened: The Cardinals beat themselves. When a team turns the ball over seven times, the opposing team doesn't need much help to be victorious.

That seems to have been the case in four of the Cardinals five losses this season.

The only team that beat the Redbirds -- without much help from the Cardinals -- is the Indianapolis Colts in week three.

The Colts are a great team and just flat-out beat the Cards.

As for the other four losses -- all against sub-par teams -- it was a collection of stupid turnovers, defensive blunders, and bad luck that beat boys in red and white.

The Detroit Lions are the epitome of a "sub-par team," and have been since Barry Sanders retired.

The laughable Lions have won two games this season, but they look superb compared to last year when they nearly went winless.

What does that mean for the Cards? Absolutely nothing.

The Cardinals have been one of the best teams in football this season, and they've been one of the worst -- it's a question of who shows up.

When the Cards beat the Minnesota Vikings two weeks ago, the team played well on each side of the ball. The defense shut down the Vikings high-powered running game, and forced Brett Favre to throw interceptions.

The offense moved the ball with ease, and the Cards had no problem dismantling the Vikings secondary.

However, three weeks ago -- against the then-dismal Tennessee Titans -- that very same Cardinals defense allowed Vince Young to march Tennessee down the field for a last-minute, game-winning touchdown.

The Cards offense, as was the case against the 49ers, is just as inconsistent as the defense.

After having what was probably one of the best games of his lengthy career against Minnesota, Kurt Warner came back the next week against the 49ers to only complete 16 of 29 passes for 160 yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions, and a fumble.

The rest of the fumbles came at the ham-hands of Tim Hightower, Beanie Wells, Anquan Boldin, Darnell Dockett, and LaRod Stephens-Howling. Bottom line: Everyone played like shit.

The team had a total of 79 rushing yards, and once Warner started getting hurried, he began to make stupid inaccurate passes.

So, Cards fans, despite the fact that the Cards are playing the awful Lions, there is no guarantee of victory -- and, sitting on a 2-11 record, the Lions are, um, due.


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James King
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