Detroit News predictions: Lions vs. Packers
Justin Rogers, James Hawkins, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News predict the outcome of Sunday’s Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions game.
Justin Rogers: It's not exactly win one from the Gipper, but if Jim Caldwell is going to be replaced at season's end, there's little reason to believe the Lions don't have the fire power to send him out on a high note against the Packers team missing quarterback Aaron Rodgers, receivers Davante Adams and Jordy Nelson, and linebacker Nick Perry. Lions, 27-16
James Hawkins: While the playoffs are out of reach, there’s still pride at stake. And there’s still some meaning in the finale for the Lions, who will be motivated to end the season on a high note, secure a winning record and sweep the season series against a division rival. Lions, 23-13
John Niyo: Don't tell Jim Caldwell his team has nothing to play for in this one. Even if his coaching fate is decided, this one still matters to him – and his players understand that. The injuries have taken a toll, especially up front, but I'd be surprised if the Lions rolled over. Lions, 27-21
Bob Wojnowski: Not much to sift through in a meaningless game, but the Lions at least have one huge advantage at quarterback – Matthew Stafford over Brett Hundley. The Packers’ offense is depleted and dormant, missing its top receivers, and should be relatively easy to stuff. Stafford had no desire to sit this one out, so expect him to fling it around to receivers who quietly have had very good seasons, led by Marvin Jones Jr. Lions, 24-10