National Football League
                === Lindley takes another turn against Lions ===
 (Sports Network) - Detroit will take the NFL's No. 1 passing offense into the
 desert Sunday to face off with an Arizona Cardinals team which hasn't mastered
 the forward pass or won a game since September.
 The Lions, who have lost five games in a row themselves, average 307.8 passing
 yards per game, and quarterback Matthew Stafford has already surpassed 4,000
 yards for the second straight season.
 Meanwhile, superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson is on pace to break Jerry
 Rice's single-season record for most receiving yards. "Megatron" has recorded
 six straight 100-yard games and is 303 yards shy of passing Rice's amazing
 mark of 1,848 yards, set with San Francisco in 1995.
 The Cards, on the other hand, have gone 0-9 since a 4-0 September and are in
 the midst of their worst losing streak since 1943 when the franchise was based
 in Chicago and went 0-10.
 Any success through the air hasn't translated to wins for Detroit, which has
 been unable to finish this season. That theme continued last Sunday at Lambeau
 Field as the Lions became the seventh team in NFL history to blow leads of
 10-plus in three consecutive contests during a 27-20 setback to Green Bay.
 This time Detroit squandered a 14-point advantage as Stafford finished with
 264 passing yards and one touchdown but threw one interception and had a
 fumble returned for a momentum-altering score.
 The Lions haven't won a game in the state of Wisconsin since 1991, dropping 22
 in a row.
 "It's very difficult to lose in professional sports, in any kind of sport.
 It's even more difficult, I think, when the games are so close," coach Jim
 Schwartz said. "Sometimes if you get blown out, you can sort of put it off
 your radar pretty quickly."
 Things were even worse for the Cards in Seattle last Sunday. The Seahawks'
 defense recorded four interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown
 and recovered four fumbles, two of which came on muffed punts and one of those
 was returned for a touchdown, during a 58-0 rout of Arizona.
 Seattle set franchise records in points for a single game and largest shutout
 win. Conversely, it was the worst loss in franchise history and the most
 points ever scored by an opponent for the Cardinals.
 "Let me just start off by saying, I apologize to our fans, everybody
 associated with our organization," Arizona coach Whisenhunt said. "That was
 embarrassing today. We owe it to them, our fans, our supporters, to give them
 a better product, a better job than what we did today."
 "Embarrassing" would prove to be a theme for Arizona.
 "Ass kicking," quarterback John Skelton said of the game, "that's the only
 thing you can say. For them to come out and dominate the way they did in every
 phase of the game, it's embarrassing."
 Skelton, who was named the starter for a third different time this season
 before the game was picked off four times and also lost a fumble. He managed
 just 74 yards on 11-of-22 attempts before getting pulled for rookie Ryan
 Lindley, who was benched after a poor performance against the Jets on Dec. 2.
 "Part of our struggles have been tied into the inconsistency at that
 position," Whisenhunt said. "You've got to have something there that can cover
 up some other areas, and we're not getting that. It seems like we're getting
 the other direction, sometimes."
 The Lions lead the all-time series 31-24-5 but the Cards have won three
 straight and eight of 11 overall.
 Whisenhunt just can't decide who he wants at quarterback.
 The Cardinals coach announced Wednesday that Lindley will start against the
 Lions but the rookie out of San Diego State has thrown five picks in two
 chances this season and was benched following a historically poor performance
 against the Jets in Week 13.
 Arizona placed would-be starter Kevin Kolb on injured reserve during the week
 and also acquired signal-caller Brian Hoyer off waivers from the Pittsburgh
 Hoyer, a Michigan State product, did not play for the Steelers this year after
 seeing mop-up action in 13 games with the Patriots the previous three seasons.
 Sadly, it's not out of the question that Hoyer could get a look this week if
 Lindley falters again.
 To avoid matching the franchise's largest losing streak, Arizona needs to
 find a cure for its moribund offense, which has averaged just 10.6 points per
 game during its nine-game skid, and has failed to reach 200 yards in three of
 its last four games.
 Skelton, Lindley and Co. managed just 154 yards against the Seahawks and
 almost had as many turnovers (eight) as first downs (10).
 The Lions' front seven remains imposing at times but the defensive backfield
 is a problem even when healthy and it's far from healthy. Safety Louis Delmas
 (knee), along with corners Chris Houston (ankle) and Jacob Lacey (foot) are
 all questionable for this week.
 The trouble on the back end is the main reason Detroit has allowed at least 24
 points in five straight games but it's hard to imagine Arizona doing anything
 about it.
 Normally Cardinals Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald might salivate while
 thinking about all the opportunities available against the Lions' banged-up
 That said, the hard truth for Cardinals fans everywhere is the fact that there
 is nobody in Arizona capable of getting Fitzgerald, or anyone else for the
 matter, the football on a consistent basis.
 Sports Network Predicted Outcome:  Lions 21, Cards 10
 12/14 09:28:18 ET