Detroit News predictions: Lions vs. Texans
Justin Rogers, James Hawkins, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News predict the outcome of Sunday's Detroit Lions-Houston Texans game.
Justin Rogers: No quarterback is playing worse than Brock Osweiler, but the Lions haven’t had any luck stopping the other marginal quarterback on their schedule. It’s going to be a nightmare trying to contain WRs DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller without Darius Slay. Plus, Houston’s defense, especially against the pass, is the best the Lions have seen. Texans 24-20
James Hawkins: QB Matthew Stafford has been superb during the Lions three-game winning streak, and should be able to take advantage of a J.J. Watt-less defense. Counterpart Brock Osweiler and the Texans offense has floundered, but we saw what Case Keenum and the worst-ranked Rams offense did to the Lions defense two weeks ago. Just a hunch, but this will probably be another thrilling one-score game decided in the final minutes. Lions 26-20
John Niyo: The Lions really couldn’t stop Case Keenum and the Rams. But can they stop Brock Osweiler and the Texans? This is a matchup of arguably the NFL’s worst offense against arguably the league’s worst defense, and now that defense could be without Darius Slay. Still, there’s no arguing this: Detroit has a decided edge at the most important position. So I’ll stick with Matthew Stafford in a game that looks more like the opener in Indianapolis. Lions 31-28
Bob Wojnowski: Matthew Stafford is playing so well, he’s covering up the Lions weaknesses, especially on defense. The Texans don’t possess the offensive firepower to scare anyone with Brock Osweiler struggling. But after getting embarrassed by Denver and returning home, Houston will be motivated, and its defense ranks eighth. Watch out for Lamar Miller, who has averaged nearly six yards per carry the past two games, and will run on the Lions. Texans 23-18