Lions and Cardinals look to bounce back from disappointment
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — The Detroit Lions finally get a chance to bounce back from a year they would like to forget.
The Arizona Cardinals , likewise, are looking forward to moving on from a disappointing year.
Detroit closed the 2016 regular season with three setbacks, including the finale at home against Green Bay, to fall out of first place in the NFC North. That wasted an opportunity for the franchise to win a division title for the first time since 1993. The slide sent the Lions from potentially having a home playoff game at Ford Field to a road game in Seattle, where they extended a postseason losing streak to eight since the 1991 playoffs.
The Cardinals were 7-8-1 last year, a big step back from the previous three seasons, when they averaged more than 11 wins in the regular season and won a total of three playoff games under Bruce Arians.
HIT ‘EM HIGH: Detroit safety Glover Quin may have shared a secret to Larry Fitzgerald’s ability to miss just six games over his 13-year career with the Cardinals. Quin, who has played against Fitzgerald four times, said the standout receiver asks defenders to stay away from his knees and to hit him high.
“He’ll tell you, ‘I’ll pay you for the fine,'” Quin said.