Detroit News predictions: Lions vs. Colts

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James Hawkins, Justin Rogers, Bob Wojnowski and John Niyo predict the outcome of Sunday's Lions-Colts game.

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell

James Hawkins: This could be an ugly game but one that tilts in the Lions’ favor. Injuries have depleted the Colts secondary and offensive line, and the Lions should be able to take advantage. Lions 21-20

Justin Rogers: Two potentially potent offenses, neither top group managed to find the end zone during the exhibition season. The difference in this contest will be health. Lions 24-20

Bob Wojnowski: The timing might be pretty good for the Lions, catching the Colts with injuries on their offensive line and in the secondary. But the Colts still have Andrew Luck, and the Lions have questions of their own on the line and in the secondary. Time to see Matthew Stafford take control in the up-tempo offense he says he likes. The Lions need a big play or two — Ameer Abdullah? Marvin Jones? — to have a shot. Colts 24-23

John Niyo: As bad as things looked for the Lions in their dress rehearsal, it looked worse in Indy, where Andrew Luck kept getting hit. And with injuries creating even more issues for the Colts, the Lions won’t have any excuses. Lions 24-20

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