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Rod Beard: In the last few weeks, the Patriots have been dominant in dismantling the Broncos and Colts. The Lions defense is a lot better than either of those teams, but Tom Brady is humming along and the Lions offense hasn't been sharp at all. It'll take something less than a miracle to beat the Patriots at home, but Matthew Stafford has all the weapons to do it — it's just a question of whether he can put things together for the best performance they've had this season. The defense stays in it, but not for the full game. Patriots 31-17

Josh Katzenstein: The Lions have quietly struggled covering tight ends this season, and Rob Gronkowski has an argument for being the best offensive player in the NFL, let alone among tight ends. Containing Gronk and pressuring Tom Brady is key for the Lions defense, but even if that happens, it's hard to see the Lions offense finding its rhythm in a tough road game, especially against a solid New England secondary. Patriots 27-17

Bob Wojnowski: Not many openings for the Lions here. The Patriots have won six straight overall, 14 straight at home, and Tom Brady has the offense absolutely humming, averaging 32 points. How can the Lions keep up? Matthew Stafford needs to be much sharper, but if this becomes a shootout, Detroit's in trouble. It's up to the top-rated defense to keep it tight. Patriots 30-17

John Niyo: The Lions defense always gives them a chance on the road. But Drew Stanton is no Tom Brady, so Detroit better pack some points this time, otherwise it'll be a long day. Patriots 24-17