NFL schedule 2012: Lions to visit Cardinals in match-up of struggling teams

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions have been bad of late, but the team they're playing this week has been much, much worse.

In a match-up of disappointing teams that have taken near parallel plummets in their respective divisions, the Detroit Lions visit the Arizona Cardinals in the desert Sunday afternoon. Neither team has won a football game in weeks, though each roster has very different issues.

The Lions have lost their past five games, but they probably feel a bit better about themselves than their upcoming opponent this week. The Cardinals haven't won a game since September, dropping from the top of the NFC West standings to the bottom through months of uninspiring football.

Arizona was especially bad last week, getting pounded 58-0 by the Seattle Seahawks on the road. Detroit keeps losing, as well, but their past four losses have been by seven points or less.

The losses have knocked the Lions out of contention in a competitive NFC North division. The Green Bay Packers currently lead the division with a 9-4 record, but the Chicago Bears (8-5) could potentially knot things up with a victory on Sunday. The Vikings are still in play, as well, with a 7-6 record entering Sunday's game against St. Louis.

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