Rogers and Wojo break down Detroit's decision to trade Golden Tate and the team's upcoming matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. Justin Rogers, The Detroit News
Justin Rogers, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News offer their predictions on the outcome of Sunday’s Lions vs. Vikings game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis (1 p.m., Fox/760).
Justin Rogers: This isn't so much about Golden Tate's absence, which will be a factor given the Vikings' ability to rush the passer and Matthew Stafford's best check-down option is no longer on the roster. But I simply have no idea how the Lions cover both Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Vikings, 27-17
John Niyo: The last four games in this series have gone down to the wire. But the Lions will have to force some turnovers – something they really haven't done all season – if they want to have a chance in the fourth quarter Sunday. The Vikings are home and hungry and headed into a bye week. Vikings, 31-21
Bob Wojnowski: The Vikings’ normally staunch defense is hobbled by injuries, but surely is glad it won’t have to deal with Golden Tate. The Lions’ offense has to adjust to life without its leading receiver, and that means more balance with Kerryon Johnson and the running game. This will be a tight NFC North fistfight, and the difference will be Kirk Cousins throwing to record-setting receiver Adam Thielen. One big, late catch will settle it. Vikings, 23-20