USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NL WEST - Lions QB Matthew Stafford.

Con­sen­sus line: Pick ’em Pre­dic­tion: The Cardinals will go as far as QB Car­son Palmer and their of­fen­sive line take them, and open­ing against one of the league’s thinnest pass-rush units is for­tu­itous for new LT D.J. Humphries and a sta­tion­ary passer who took a beat­ing last sea­son. Detroit isn’t as lucky. Ari­zona led the NFL in sacks, and


break­ing in new three start­ing of­fen­sive line­men likely will be ac­com­pa­nied by grow­ing pains for the Lions. This one will be close un­til the end, with both teams work­ing through a lot of turnover. But the Cardinals have too many weapons — on both sides of the ball — to di­rectly at­tack some of the Lions’ big­gest ques­tion marks.

uSTART: Cardinals QB Car­son Palmer. De­spite a down year, Palmer man­aged 4,233 pass­ing yards and 26 touch­down passes. This year, his re­ceivers are health­ier, and he has a top notch Week 1 matchup against a Lions de­fense that gave up the sec­ond-most touch­down passes last sea­son.

uSIT Ari­zona al­lowed 21 pass­ing touch­downs and 210 pass­ing yards per game in 2016, mak­ing Stafford’s chances of a big game slim.

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