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Posted: Saturday, December 19, 2009 9:08 pm | Updated: 1:55 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The Cardinals can clinch the NFC West if they beat Detroit and San Francisco loses to Philadelphia. Arizona was embarrassed by its performance against the 49ers on Monday Night Football, and they usually bounce back when they’re feeling disrespected, so look for them to quickly and unmercifully take out the Lions.

Backs against wall, Cards get lowly Lions

THE SKINNY

The Cardinals can clinch the NFC West if they beat Detroit and San Francisco loses to Philadelphia. Arizona was embarrassed by its performance against the 49ers on Monday Night Football, and they usually bounce back when they’re feeling disrespected, so look for them to quickly and unmercifully take out the Lions.

Larry Fitzgerald is expected to play after suffering a knee injury last week, but the Cardinals would like nothing better than put the game away early and give him some rest.

Backs against wall, Cards get lowly Lions

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

1. Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower both lost fumbles last week and will be under close watch. Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt wants at least one running back he knows will hold onto the ball, and so far, neither Wells nor Hightower have demonstrated that they can do that on a consistent basis.

2. If this game is closer than expected — say it’s still up for grabs in the fourth quarter — then there will be real reason to worry about Arizona. The Lions have lost three straight games and were pummeled 48-3 by Baltimore last week.

3. The offensive line has to do a better job protecting Kurt Warner than it did against the 49ers. Detroit doesn’t rush the passer as well as San Francisco, but if anything will change the likely outcome of the game, it’s if Warner is forced out of the pocket and can’t get into any rhythm.

Cardinals at Lions

When: 11 a.m. Sunday

Where: Ford Field, Detroit

TV/Radio: Channel 10/KTAR (620 AM)

Records: Arizona 8-5, Detroit 2-11

Cardinals offense

WR Larry Fitzgerald

LT Jeremy Bridges

LG Reggie Wells

C Lyle Sendlein

RG Deuce Lutui

RT Levi Brown

TE Stephen Spach

WR Anquan Boldin

QB Kurt Warner

RB Tim Hightower

FB Dan Kreider

Cardinals defense

DE Calais Campbell

DT Bryan Robinson

DE Darnell Dockett

OLB Chike Okeafor

MLB Karlos Dansby

MLB Gerald Hayes

OLB Clark Haggans

RCB Bryant McFadden

LCB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

SS Adrian Wilson

FS Antrel Rolle

Lions offense

WR Bryant Johnson

LT Jeff Backus

LG Manny Ramirez

C Dominic Raiola

RG Daniel Loper

RT Gosder Cherilus

TE Michael Matthews

WR Calvin Johnson

QB Daunte Culpepper

FB Jerome Felton

RB Maurice Morris

Lions defense

LDE Jason Hunter

DT Grady Jackson

DT Sammie Hill

RDE Dewayne White

OLB Julian Peterson

MLB Larry Foote

OLB Ernie Sims

LCB William James

RCB Phillip Buchanon

SS Marvin White

FS Louis Delmas

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