Detroit News predictions: Lions vs. Rams

The Detroit News

Josh Katzenstein, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski predict the outcome of Sunday's Lions-Rams game.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has looked sharp in recent outings.

Josh Katzenstein: The Lions are a better team than the Rams, but this matchup doesn’t necessarily favor them. St. Louis has a top-tier running back in Todd Gurley and speedy receiver in Tavon Austin who could give the Lions defense fits. Plus, the Lions’ offensive line would have to have its best game to slow down the Rams’ D-line even without Robert Quinn. Rams 19-17

John Niyo: The Lions responded to their last crushing defeat by getting destroyed by the Chiefs. But the Rams are reeling, with Case Keenum at quarterback and key injuries on defense. Lions 23-17

Bob Wojnowski: After getting beat on a Hail Mary, the Lions better not get beat on a Hail Gurley. Rookie runner Todd Gurley is just about the Rams’ entire offense, with Case Keenum getting another shaky shot at quarterback. The Rams’ defensive front is solid but the Lions have no excuses in this one. Hail Mary hangover? Fans are allowed, but not the players. The Lions have played well defensively, Matthew Stafford has looked sharper and the Rams have lost five in a row.  Lions 27-16