Despite coming off a disappointing loss to begin the season, there seems to be a lot to be hopeful about for the Arizona Cardinals. Between Carson Palmer restoring Cardinals' faith in quarterbacks and Tyrann Mathieu showcasing his playmaking skills in his first career game, there were good signs throughout the team's week one performance.
Next up for Bruce Arians and his squad are the Detroit Lions who visit University of Phoenix Stadium in the Cardinals' home opener. The Lions defeated their NFC North rival, the Minnesota Vikings, 34-24 behind the legs of newly-acquired running back Reggie Bush.
Let's go Behind Enemy Lines and find out what's going on in Detroit as they prepare for a trip to the desert.
Friday, September 13
After another exceptional preseason, questions lingered about Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young's ability to carry the success into the regular season. But the fourth-year defensive end quelled some of the concern in the team's season-opening win over Minnesota.
The NFL has fined Ndamukong Suh six times in escalating increments. However, his defensive coordinator has his back, despite the threat of a suspension for his next wrong move.
Nick Fairley returned to Detroit Lions practice Friday, boosting his chances of playing Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Also back at Lions practice was linebacker Ashlee Palmer, who sat Thursday with an ankle injury.
Column: Lions' veterans showing they're a resilient bunch - DetroitLions.com
Last Sunday's game against Minnesota wasn't the same old Lions. Instead, they showed the type of resiliency that hasn't always been a staple of recent teams. A big reason for that is the veteran roster (oldest average age in the NFL).
Column: Can the Lions make a statement with a road win at Arizona? - DetroitLions.com
This Friday Focus looks back at how the Lions' blunders gave the Cardinals a lopsided victory last year, with a look at key stats, a Cardinals player in the spotlight, and what Cardinals coach Bruce Arians considers a strength of the team.
Double coverage: Drew, Terry say Lions' Suh is a 'bad boy,' game at Arizona will be telling - Detroit Free Press
Detroit News columnist Terry Foster and Free Press columnist Drew Sharp share their thoughts on the Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh and the upcoming road game against Arizona. (VIDEO)
Larry Fitzgerald agrees: Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson the best receiver in the NFL - Detroit Free Press
It seems Larry Fitzgerald agrees with his coach, Bruce Arians: Calvin Johnson is the best wide receiver in the NFL. "Calvin's the best," he said. "I mean, look at his numbers. It is what it is."
Groin sidelines Jason Fox for Week 2 - CBSSports.com
The Lions ruled starting tackle Jason Fox out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, due to a groin injury suffered in Week 1.
No limitations expected for Reggie Bush - CBSSports.com
Lions running back Reggie Bush is not expected to be limited in Week 2 against the Cardinals, despite dealing with finger and groin injuries. Bush was able to practice throughout the week and is officially questionable for Sunday's game.
Morning Roar: Larry Warford tops rookie list - ESPN.com
He played in one regular-season game and right guard Larry Warford is already starting to receive some attention. Warford's play against Minnesota on Sunday caught the eye of Mel Kiper Jr., who placed Warford at No. 13 Insider in his latest rookie rankings.
Wednesday, September 11
What does matter for Ndamukong Suh are the facts: He's now been disciplined seven times for on-field conduct, and the fines keep escalating. He's earned a reputation for being a "dirty" player and was fined as such for his low hit Sunday to Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan.
Bell said he hopes the "Hip Hop Hooray" dance will become his trademark thing, although it seems coach Jim Schwartz isn't a huge fan of the theatrics, especially in light of Ndamukong Suh's negative publicity this week.
If the Lions want to prove they've truly turned it around, they need to win on the road, especially in places where Detroit hasn't won in many years -- or in some cases, ever.
• Looking at formations: Week 1 vs. Vikings - ESPN NFL Nation
I was able to chart 77 of the Lions' 80 offensive plays and here's a quick breakdown of what I saw -- from most common to least. Here's an unofficial look at what the Lions' offense looked like from the television copy.
• Ndamukong Suh appealing fine - ESPN.com
Ndamukong Suh's agents are gathering relevant information for their appeal of the Detroit Lions defensive tackle's $100,000 fine, but the basis of their argument, at this point, is that the amount is excessive, league sources said.
• Lions Gab: If Ndamukong Suh's dirty, what does that make Clay Matthews? - Detroit Free Press
Imagine my shock when Patrick uttered Ndamukong Suh's name as the target of their suspension discussion. Suh?! The guy who spent all week leading up to the game talking about leadership, maturity and eliminating costly mistakes? The guy who earned a personal foul for an innocuous block below the waist, a move that until six months ago, was completely legal his entire playing career? He was the one that needed to be suspended to send a message about player safety?
Tuesday, September 10
• Lions to keep feeding Reggie Bush - ESPN.com
The Detroit Lions saw what new running back Reggie Bush could do in their offense Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Now, even though he has minor injuries, they don't plan on limiting him.
• KEY QUESTIONS: Schwartz addresses Suh's penalty, Pettigrew's performance - DetroitLions.com
In his Belle Tire Monday Press Conference, head coach Jim Schwartz addressed player performances -- some good, some bad -- in the Lions' 34-24 division win over Minnesota.
The tight end was stripped on a first-half catch, stalling one drive, and also committed a holding penalty on a converted fourth-and-1 that stalled another. He finished with just two catches (on four targets) for 6 yards.
Heading into the season-opener, it was trendy to question how the Detroit Lions' offensive line would perform. There was valid cause for concern. After all, the team was trotting out three new starters, all with limited or no professional experience. Plus, the two starting jobs on the right side weren't determined until late in the preseason, giving the group little time to gel as a cohesive unit.
Monday, September 9
• Ndamukong Suh faces NFL discipline — ESPN
DT Ndamukong Suh is under review by the NFL for a low block he threw during the team's game on Sunday. It occurred during an interception return by the Lions and he received a penalty for the hit but the league is looking at further discipline.
After 91 NFL games, 72 NFL starts, one Heisman Trophy and a career worth of watch-outs and maybes and never-minds and wait-let's-pay-attention-agains, we introduce to you ... Reggie Bush.
Remember him? He was so electrifying at USC, the school had to fireproof the field. He was supposed to do more than star in the NFL. He was supposed to own the league.
• 3 things we learned about the Lions — MLive.com
Three things to take away from the Lions' season opening win over the Vikings.