1:00 PM ET, November 13, 2005
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.
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 fumble.
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.
Series: Detroit leads, 30-21-5.
Next week: Arizona visits St. Louis, November 20 Detroit visits Dallas, November 20
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Harrington will need help
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.
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|Avg Points Allowed||26.7||19.2|
Team Averages & NFL Ranks
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Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)
|Detroit leads 3-2|
|Dec 5, 2004||ARI 12, @DET 26|
|Sep 7, 2003||ARI 24, @DET 42|
|Dec 8, 2002||ARI 23, DET 20|
|Nov 18, 2001||ARI 45, DET 38|