Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals Preview (Week 1)

By Evan Chronis

May 15, 2019

The Detroit Lions open up the 2019-20 season on the road by traveling to face the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. 

Here is everything you need to know about the Week 1 clash between NFC foes. 

Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals Info

Date: September 8, 2019 (Week 1)

Location: State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona

Lions vs. Cardinals All-Time Series: Lions lead, 33-28-5


Arizona Cardinals Offseason Additions

  • Drafted QB Kyler Murray (Oklahoma) with the No.1 Pick in the 2019 NFL Draft

  • Hired former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury to same position

  • Re-signed WR Larry Fitzgerald to a one-year contract extension

  • Hired former Denver Broncos Head Coach Vance Joseph as Defensive Coordinator

  • Signed LB Terrell Suggs to a one-year contract


Player to Watch: Kyler Murray

Did you expect anything else? The Lions will get the first shot at challenging Heisman Trophy winner and Oklahoma Sooner standout Kyler Murray as he makes his NFL debut for the Cardinals on September 8. This will be the first time that audiences around the country will get to see how the combination of Murray and Kliff Kingbsury's air raid system will play out on an NFL field. 

There's still the hanging question of how Murray's game will translate to the NFL, but the dual-threat quarterback won over many doubters with his historic final season at Oklahoma. In his Heisman-winning campaign, Murray ranked third in the country in passing yards (4,361) and passing touchdowns (42), while also amassing 1,001 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground. 

Needless to say, all eyes will be on the rookie quarterback for his first game against an NFL defense. 

Stat to Know

The Lions are looking for their second consecutive win in Arizona after a 17-3 victory over the Cardinals in December 2018. Prior to that win, the Lions hadn't won in Arizona since 1993. 

How to Buy Tickets to Lions vs. Cardinals

Detroit Lions Experiences is offering Official Ticket Packages to the season opener against the Cardinals. An Official Ticket Package provides guests with:

  • Airfare from the Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) to Sky Harbor (PHX)
  • 2-Night Hotel Stay at Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale
  • Ticket to Lions vs. Cardinals Game (Lower Level or Upper Level Seating Options)
  • Access to Detroit Lions Welcome Cocktail Reception
  • Invite to Pregame Tailgate Party (2-Hour Party)
  • Detroit Lions Experiences Merchandise 
  • Much more!

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