Detroit News predictions: Lions vs. Chiefs

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The Detroit News' Josh Katzenstein, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski predict the outcome of Sunday's Lions-Chiefs game.

Will a new offensive coordinator be enough to fix the Lions' woes in week's time?

Josh Katzenstein: Even if Jim Bob Cooter’s offense doesn’t look much different, expect the Lions to play with a heightened sense of urgency as the players and coaches realize their pride and futures are on the line. Having a matchup against a lackluster Chiefs team will help. Lions 20-19

Bob Wojnowski: The 2-5 Chiefs are sort of like the 1-6 Lions — minus the dysfunction and complete overhaul of the offensive coaching staff. The Chiefs defense is still dangerous, so you assume the Lions spent the long flight to London figuring out who’s supposed to block whom. Jim Bob Cooter may have a unique name, but he’d have to be uniquely gifted to fix Matthew Stafford and the offense in less than a week. Chiefs 20-17

John Niyo: The Chiefs tried to fix their offensive issues with personnel changes up front. The Lions opted to fire coaches, instead. Time will tell if either is the answer. But if the Lions can hang on to the football they should have enough against a Chiefs team that has beaten only Brian Hoyer and Landry Jones. Lions 24-17