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Defense stifles Lions, Stanton's 2 TD passes give Cardinals 14-6 win to improve to 9-1

  • Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton looks to pass under pressure from Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton looks to pass under pressure from Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick eludes the tackle of Arizona Cardinals defensive end Frostee Rucker (98) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

    Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick eludes the tackle of Arizona Cardinals defensive end Frostee Rucker (98) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Lions strong safety James Ihedigbo (32) breaks up a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Detroit Lions strong safety James Ihedigbo (32) breaks up a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  (The Associated Press)

Drew Stanton threw touchdown passes to Michael Floyd on Arizona's first two possessions and the Cardinals held Detroit without a touchdown, beating the Lions 14-6 on Sunday in a matchup of teams with two of the best records in the NFC.

Stanton, starting after Carson Palmer was lost for the season with a knee injury, threw TD passes of 42 and 12 yards. After that, Arizona's offense stalled and Stanton threw two interceptions. But the Lions couldn't convert either turnover into a touchdown.

Arizona won its sixth in a row to improve to an NFL-best 9-1. The Cardinals, with their best record through 10 games since 1948, have a three-game lead over Seattle and San Francisco in the NFC West.

Detroit (7-3) was held without a touchdown for the first time this season.

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