Detroit News predictions: Lions vs. Vikings

The Detroit News

Josh Katzenstein, Bob Wojnowski and John Niyo offer their predictions on the outcome of Sunday's Lions-Vikings game.

Josh Katzenstein: With some injured players returning, the Lions should be better than they were when they beat the Bears last week, but it still might not be good enough. The Vikings rank second in points allowed, and with a strong secondary and solid pass rush, they should limit big plays the Lions had last week. Adrian Peterson is still hard to stop. Vikings 23-20

Bob Wojnowski: The Vikings pummeled Matthew Stafford mercilessly the last meeting, and their defense is still punishing people. Stafford has to keep looking for Calvin Johnson, of course, but running the ball will be huge. On one side, there’s Adrian Peterson. On the other side, there’s Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. Big Vikings edge. But the Lions defense should handle QB Teddy Bridgewater, who’s still prone to growing pains. Lions 23-17

John Niyo: The Lions are last in the NFL with 18 turnovers. And against the league’s No. 1 scoring defense, they can't afford to give away possessions. The Vikings probably won’t get the same pressure they did in Week 2, but they’ll get enough. Vikings 23-20

The Lions will run up against the No. 1 scoring defense in the Vikings.