Arizona (2-6) at Detroit (3-5), Sunday 1:00 pm EST
DETROIT (Ticker) -- Steve Mariucci is uncomfortable with Joey
Harrington as his starting quarterback. Dennis Green feels
the same way about Josh McCown.
Mariucci plans to switch back to Jeff Garcia as his starting
quarterback Sunday when the Detroit Lions host the Arizona
The third overall pick in 2002, Harrington has struggled in his
career, compiling just a 66.1 quarterback rating in 52 games.
He has passed for 53 touchdowns and 60 interceptions.
Three weeks ago, Mariucci benched Harrington in favor of Garcia,
who went 1-1 in two starts. But with Garcia still not fully
recovered from a broken leg he suffered in the last
preseason game, Mariucci went back to Harrington in last
week's 27-14 loss at Minnesota.
Against the Vikings, Harrington completed 28-of-48 passes for
263 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions and a
After a 2-2 start, the Lions have lost three of four. They have
struggled offensively, scoring more than 14 points just once in
their last four games.
Green also has shown little faith in McCown, who is 2-2 as the
starter. Two-time NFL Most Valuable Player Kurt Warner has lost
all four of his starts.
Last week, Warner returned from a groin injury and went 29-of-48
for 334 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions in a
33-19 loss to Seattle. Warner has two TDs and five
interceptions in four games.
Arizona has been outscored, 187-95, in its six losses.
Arizona's defense took a hit when Pro Bowl end Bertrand Berry
suffered a torn left pectoral muscle in last week's loss. The
team leader with seven sacks, Berry is expected to miss the
rest of the season.
The Lions posted a 26-12 victory over the Cardinals here last
December 5. Kevin Jones led the way for the Lions, carrying 26
times for 196 yards and a touchdown.
Matchup to watch: Lions tight end Marcus Pollard, who had four
catches for 42 yards and a touchdown last week, against strong
safety Adrian Wilson.
Series: Detroit leads, 30-21-5.
Next week: Arizona visits St. Louis, November 20
Detroit visits Dallas, November 20
Detroit QB Jeff Garcia is expected to miss at least one more game, while recovering from a leg injury that continues to bother him. With Garcia hobbled and Joey Harrington likely starting in his place, Arizona will look to stop the run and force Harrington to move the offense with the his arm. The Lions can expect to see plenty of eight-man fronts, which doesn't bode well for RB Kevin Jones.
Arizona's situation at quarterback is even cloudier. Kurt Warner is expected to start his fifth game of the season, but he hasn't played well. It doesn't appear that head coach Dennis Green will hesitate to replace him. Is won't matter who lines up under center if the Cardinals don't have more success running the ball. If Arizona remains a one-dimensional passing attack, Detroit's pass rush will be extremely aggressive and the Cardinals' pass protection has been poor.