Chris Czar: If there’s every a good week for the Lions injuries to peak, it’s this week with the Vikings coming into town. Even without Kevin Smith, Chris Houston, Louis Delmas, Nick Fairley and the suspended Ndamukong Suh, the Lions should be able to handle the struggling Vikings. As long as Matt Stafford can stay upright against loudmouth Jared Allen, he and Calvin Johnson should devastate a depleted Vikings secondary. The Lions need to definitely win 2, and probably 3 of their final 4 games to get into the playoffs. They get the get the first of the wins easily this week. Lions 31, Vikings 17
Mike Olsen: For the first time in over a decade, Detroit fans can say with confidence that the Minnesota Vikings have absolutely no business beating their beloved Lions. Even with the services of Adrian Peterson, the Lions are clearly the superior team. The only thing that can steal defeat, and playoff dreams, from Detroit, is their own lack of discipline and Stupid mistakes. Fans nationwide will be watching this game to see how the Lions react. How will they bounce back from last Sunday’s debacle? I for one believe that they will be as focused as ever, and take care of business. I think that Schwartz has finally gotten the message, and that finally, a leader will emerge from that locker room and restore order. Detroit Lions 31, Minnesota Vikings 13
Marty Medvedik: Okay guys, it’s time to put up or shut up. The Lions are in the thick of the playoff hunt and it’s time to show who we really are. This is a MUST win game and a very winnable one at that. Time to put those shenanigans behind us and like last year, kick ass in the last four games of the year. December is where reputations are made. Lions 38, Vikings 10
Ross Husson: With the Bears losing Jay Cutler and Matt Forte for a considerable amount of time, their playoff hopes are slipping fast. I can almost guarantee you that the Lions will win this week. The Vikings are terrible. Also, both Christian Ponder and Adrian Peterson are questionable for Sunday’s game. The Lions get back to winning and send Jared Allen and the Vikings back to Minnesota with their 11th loss, 28-13.
Zac Snyder: Too much has been made of the Lions’ recent struggles. The record says they’ve lost five of their last seven and while that is true, they haven’t lost a game they are unquestionably better than. Let’s be honest here, there is no way the Lions should lose to the Vikings; it is in situations like this that the Lions have thrived this year. Think back to the week three matchup between the Lions and Vikings. The Lions came away with their first win at the Metrodome since 1997 despite playing a game that left a lot to be desired. They ran for just 20 yards, allowed Matthew Stafford to be sacked five times and dug a 20-point hole for themselves but won nonetheless. It should be much easier this time around. Lions 30, Vikings 16