Detroit News predictions: Lions vs. Chargers

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. Chargers game at Ford Field (1 p.m., CBS/760).

Philip Rivers

►Justin Rogers: Forgive me for not trusting the Lions’ offensive line. The group struggled in Arizona, left tackle Taylor Decker might not suit up, and the Chargers have one of the best pass-rushing tandems in the NFL. That's enough to be the difference. Chargers 24, Lions 20

►John Niyo: Among the positives that got lost in the fog of that fourth-quarter collapse in Arizona was the fact the Lions returned home relatively healthy. Their next few opponents can't say the same, and they'd better capitalize on it. Facing another depleted secondary, Darrell Bevell and Matthew Stafford should be able to find some matchups to exploit. Lions 24, Chargers 20

►Bob Wojnowski: Hey, it’s never too early for the Lions to be desperate. As poorly as they played late against Arizona, their offense was effective through three quarters and Matthew Stafford looked sharp. Now, to shake off the nasty taste of a tie, the Lions’ touted defensive line has to show up. Chargers QB Philip Rivers is always dangerous, and also sackable. And without Melvin Gordon, their running game is stuff-able. If you can have a must-win in Week 2, this is it, and the defense will deliver. Lions 27, Chargers 20