Detroit Lions: 3 Burning Questions for Week 3 vs. Arizona Cardinals

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The Arizona Cardinals (2-0) will host the Detroit Lions (0-2) this upcoming Sunday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ, at 4:25 PM EST on FOX in an NFL Week 3 matchup.

The drama continues to ensue for the Detroit Lions. The lovable losers of two straight games will continue their 2020 NFL season this weekend by visiting the Arizona Cardinals and rising star quarterback Kyler Murray for a Week 3 matchup. After two-straight losses resulting from defensive-collapses, here are three burning questions on the tip of almost everyone’s tongue in the Motor City.

Question #1: Will this be Matt Patricia’s final game as head coach for Detroit?

Make no mistake about it, Patricia’s seat is red-hot. It’s screaming fire-hot to the point where he’s as good as gone already. Lions fans have grown extremely tired of his dreadful sound-bytes, as well as his non-existent defense. Remember, Patricia was supposed to be a “defensive-guru” and supposedly has one of the best play calls in the Super Bowl (joker).

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All kidding aside, the Lions have lost 11-straight games. To make matters worse, the Elias Sports Bureau has also reported that they’ve lost four-straight by blowing double-digit leads. Right now, GM Bob Quinn is faced with the dilemma of whether or not to fire Patricia.

Statistically speaking, the decision is a no brainer. This is a rat-race with the Ford ownership group, who might dismiss both Quinn and their laughing-stock coach by the end of Week 4 if the team is still winless at that point. The follow-up question directly correlates with this one. Will Bob Quinn be able to retain his position as general manager of the Detroit Lions?

Question #2: Can the Lions defense stop Kyler Murray from having a monster game?

Defensively, the Lions were unable to stop Kyler Murray in his NFL debut as a rookie. So, what makes anyone think that’s a real possibility this season when he’s elevated his game to an even higher level?

The former number-one overall pick is a dynamic-playmaker at the quarterback position who can change the game at any given moment, whether it be with his legs or arm. The Cardinals are off to a hot start, and Murray is a big reason for the team’s surprise success. Benefiting from the team’s decision to acquire possibly the best receiver in the league, in DeAndre Hopkins, the young quarterback has played two fantastic games already this year.

Facing a banged-up Detroit defensive-secondary, with the little-to-no threat of a pass-rush, Murray’s potential to breakout strikes fear into the hearts of the Honolulu-Blue and Silver faithful everywhere. Is this the week he piles up over 500-all-purpose yards? It’s not a stretch. It’s going to happen this season, and the only question is when?

Question #3: Will Kenny Golladay make his 2020 NFL season debut vs. Cardinals?

From an offensive perspective, the Detroit Lions are already taking fans through the highs and lows of what is destined to become a season-long rollercoaster ride. In the early going, Matt Stafford has looked rusty as he’s getting re-acclimated after missing half of last season with a back injury. His errant throws are becoming a concern at this point.

However, the quarterback’s efficiency should improve with the likely return of top-receiving option Kenny Golladay in Week 3. Last season, the third-year star receiver led the NFL with 11 touchdown receptions. That production has been dearly missed during the first two weeks of this season and will be much appreciated moving forward.

ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter reported last week that Golladay was close to returning against Green Bay. Barring any setbacks this week, number nineteen should be good to go in Arizona. Adrian Peterson, T.J. Hockenson, and Quintez Cephus have made admirable contributions to the offense during his absence. Still, Detroit is in dire need of a deep-threat capable of stretching the field. If he plays, will Golladay have a significant impact on Sunday’s game?

Final Take

This week’s slap-in-the-face will come courtesy of Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals. Let me tell you; it has the potential to get extremely murky when the defense again begins to fold while Stafford and the offense stall following a few minor mid-game adjustments by Cards’ coach Kliff Kingsbury.

The Detroit Lions are yet again limping towards a franchise-altering, crossroads decision.

It seems as if the talent to be competitive has finally arrived in Detroit, but the schematics and leadership aren’t there. Players are not responding, and the fans scream their distaste for Patricia out loud towards Sheila Ford Hamp’s office in Allen Park, Michigan. Is anyone even listening?

Next. A nonexistent pass-rush the clear problem on defense. dark

Motor City fans have been left heartbroken while dealing with these up-and-down hirings and firings for decades. They are honestly growing tired of this Lions franchise operating under the false presumption they are competent to transform themselves into a legitimate playoff contender.