Detroit News predictions: Lions vs. Vikings

The Detroit News
Quarterback Matthew Stafford will have a full allotment of offensive weapons when the Lions face the Vikings.

Justin Rogers, James Hawkins, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski predict the outcome of Sunday's Lions-Vikings game (1, FOX/760).

Justin Rogers: Vikings backup quarterback Case Keenum went buck wild on the Lions secondary last season, completing 19 straight passes. But this is a more effective pass rush, and more opportunistic defensive backfield. It's never easy to go on the road and win a divisional game, but this is one where I like the Lions' chances. Lions 20-17

James Hawkins: This isn’t a typical Vikings team that leans heavily on its defense, but it’s also one that isn’t as efficient without QB Sam Bradford. While Detroit’s O-line will have its hands full with Minnesota’s fearsome front four, it’s hard to pick against a Lions team that stood toe-to-toe with the Falcons and is looking for a remedy from last week’s sickening loss. Lions 16-13

John Niyo: This home-and-home divisional series has been a sweep each of the last three seasons. The odds say that won't continue. But I'm not sure Matthew Stafford has ever had a full arsenal of offensive weapons heading into this game, and he does this time. Lions 27-21

Bob Wojnowski: The Vikings’ offense, even with Case Keenum at quarterback, has been dangerous and balanced. Rookie Dalvin Cook has 288 yards in three games, giving Minnesota a running game the Lions haven’t yet developed. That’s why Matthew Stafford has to set the tone early to make sure the Lions aren’t wallowing in the “10-Second Runoff” blues. Ziggy Ansah will bounce back with a couple sacks and the Lions will pull out a huge division game between 2-1 rivals. Lions 17-13


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