Assumptions: Flowers and Ragnow play, Davis, Melvin, and Hand don’t. Melvin might play, but I’m not sure it’ll make much difference.
I see the Lions run defense shutting down David Johnson, even without De’Shawn Hand and Jarrad Davis. The question is containment of Murray, do they force him into making some bad throws and decisions, or does he escape often enough to put points on the board for AZ? AZ’s OL is not good and I think our DL will pretty much control them.
The other question is our offense, playing against a team without both of their starting corners. And this was not a very good defense in the 1st place, so the only thing that should slow down the Lions O is the Lions O, with drops and penalties and blocking mistakes.
Stuff happens, but I’m not seeing anything like last year’s debacle happening this year. We have players missing, but so do they, including their starting RT. So, I have it Detroit 27 AZ 10. Wouldn’t be surprised if the Lions don’t get a defensive score.