Detroit Lions collapse in Week 1: Here are 5 bright spots

Detroit Lions collapse in Week 1: Here are 5 bright spots

Ultimately, it doesn't matter how well you play in the first three quarters if you don't win the game, but it's worth noting, considering the massive investment made in Detroit's defense this offseason. "We're looking at the play clock trying to get that stuff down and get it figured out at that point. So it wasn't a situation where I was exhausted".

The Cardinals trailed 24-6 in the fourth quarter, but Murray rallied the Cardinals to a 24-24 tie thanks in part to heroics from - who else - Larry Fitzgerald. On third down, the Arizona Cardinals rookie bounced around for a moment and then fired a pass over the middle.

"Hockenson set a rookie record for yards from a tight end in his debut with a six-catch, 131-yard, one-touchdown effort against Arizona".

Coach Matt Patricia said before the game he was concerned about the Cardinals' new up-tempo offense, which racked up the snap counts for his defense and made substitutions more hard.

"We did some analytics on his fourth-quarter statistics a year ago at Oklahoma and it is insane, his numbers", Kingsbury said. But, you know, a tie is a hell of a lot better than a loss. "So the tempo can get to them, and I think that's what helped us out later in the game as we actually started going". Proud of the way we fought, but unfortunately we couldn't get the win. Nobody had played a full game and weren't ready for the in-game conditioning.

That can't be said for the Arizona Cardinals, who were dark horses at home against the Detroit Lions. The Cardinals are 33-28-5 all-time against the Lions, but Detroit has won the last two contests, a 35-23 victory in Detroit in 2017, followed by a 17-3 win in Arizona previous year.

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"Kyler gives me opportunities on the field", Fitzgerald said. "(Mike) Daniels, (Damon) Harrison and A'Shawn Robinson weren't in the game (most of) the fourth quarter, and that's $30 million a year of guys on the sidelines, so that's impressive to keep them off the field".

Last week's game against the Cardinals could be a predictor of future performance for Matthew Stafford. He walked back that language on Monday, but still expressed frustration that he wasn't more productive. Murray's passes were deflected at the line multiple times and the quarterback, who is listed at 5 feet 10 inches and 207 pounds, was sacked on five occasions.

"I wasn't my usual productive self", he said.

Tie value: No way the Lions can be happy with the tie. On defense, this team was without Jarrad Davis.

Stafford was unable to orchestrate a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter and overtime, and even nearly tossed the game away late in the extra frame.

Kingsbury took the blame for the early problems.

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