Detroit News predictions: Lions vs. Vikings

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James Hawkins, Justin Rogers, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski predict the outcome of Thursday's Lions-Vikings game at Ford Field.

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James Hawkins: The Lions proved last week that they don’t have to rely on QB Matthew Stafford’s arm for every win. Creating any type of push up front to get the run game going will be key in another grind-it-out affair. Lions 20-16

Justin Rogers: This game feels like a true toss-up, but then again, when every game is decided by one score, I guess they’re all toss-ups. The Lions have played extremely well on Thanksgiving in recent years and this Ford Field crowd should be rowdy. Lions 20-17

John Niyo: Don’t expect a repeat of the last Lions-Vikings Thanksgiving game, the shootout in 1995. But this new Thanksgiving tradition in Detroit — not spoiling fans’ holiday — will continue, if Matthew Stafford doesn’t give the Vikings extra possessions. Lions 24-20

Bob Wojnowski: It’s the most-important Thanksgiving game in a long time, first place at stake between 6-4 teams. The Lions have lived on the edge all season with Matthew Stafford-led comebacks, but they’re pushing their odds. They’ll struggle again to run the ball. Vikings 19-16

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