Detroit News predictions: Lions vs. Rams
James Hawkins, Justin Rogers, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski predict the outcome of Sunday's Lions-Rams game.
James Hawkins: The Rams still boast a respectable defense even if they’re without several starters, but QB Matthew Stafford & Co. proved they could put up points against a stingy unit last week against the Eagles. While the Lions defense has had its share of struggles, it should be able to hold the Rams league-worst offense in check in a low-scoring affair. Lions 17-14
Justin Rogers: The Lions should win. No, really. But they should have beaten the Titans and Bears, and didn’t. The first half performance against the Eagles was impressive, but the second-hand collapse means we can’t trust that they’re any closer to figuring it out. With Haloti Ngata likely out, and the left guard situation a mess, Rams stars Aaron Donald and Todd Gurley could feast at Ford Field. Rams 23-20
John Niyo: They just took down the NFL’s top-ranked defense. The Rams aren’t nearly as stifling, though Aaron Donald will be a handful. But with some key injuries hampering the Rams’ defense, the Lions can build some momentum as long as they can avoid turnovers. Lions 27-24
Bob Wojnowski: The Rams somehow are 3-2 despite having Case Keenum directing the NFL’s lowest-ranked offense. Even Todd Gurley hasn’t piled up the rushing yardage yet. The Rams defense has injuries but it also has Aaron Donald, destined to forever haunt the Lions. Matthew Stafford doesn’t have to win it by himself, but he has to continue to be efficient and take deep shots to Marvin Jones Jr. Stafford should — and will — make more plays than Keenum. Lions 20-17