Watch: Lions react to relentless defense displayed against Cardinals
For the most part it was a game of mistakes between Arizona and Detroit on Sunday at Ford Field. Luckily though for the Lions, they were the team able to take advantage of those mistakes. That's in part thanks to Detroit's relentless defense.
"We don't have five or ten Ziggy's, we just have a bunch of tough dudes," said West Branch native and Lions defensive end Anthony Zettel. "Anytime you're out there with guys who want to play together, good things will happen."
"I love how we played we played with passion not only in the front end but the back end," said Lions defensive tackle Akeem Spence. "Linebackers, everyone. Overall great defensive effort, overall great team win."
"The team comradery and stuff is extraordinary this year," added Zettel. "I just think we're headed in the right direction. We just need to keep getting better each week and I just love playing with these guys."
"Our defense held it down for us early on I will say that," said veteran Lions wide receiver Golden Tate. "But we just have to stay with it. Trust that once we all do our jobs, the best we could, that we can move the ball. We can score on people. We did that, our run game picked up, which definitely helped. We figured it out. We don't have to be the best team in the league each Sunday, we just need to be better than our opponent and I think we did that."
As a team the lions totaled ten penalties for 100 yards. Those along with mistakes are things they'll need to fix ahead of week two at the Giants.