Darin Ackerman – The defending champs are more like the Ravens of “old” this season – stout on defense and lacking any explosiveness on offense. Though they’ve been trending upward as of late, the birds are statistically in the bottom third of the league in points, total yards and rushing yards per game.
On the flip side, their defense ranks in the top ten in the same categories, which keeps them within striking distance. Both clubs are still in the playoff hunt, so both SHOULD come out swinging. As a life-long Lions fan, I’m always initially dubious. Not this time. In front of a national audience and safe from the elements, I think the Lions win easily. Lions 31, Ravens 20
Aaron Meckes – The city of Detroit comes alive as Monday Night Football returns to the Motor City. Detroit is able to hang on after a second half surge from Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens, 35-27. Calvin Johnson finds the end zone twice, and Reggie Bush takes a screen pass to the house as Detroit finds itself one game closer to a playoff berth.
Zac Snyder – Lions fans may be a bit down with the Lions having lost three of their last four, but that shouldn’t dampen the crowd for Monday Night Football. Everyone knows what is at stake and I expect the Lions will be able to at least limit the mistakes enough to send them to a win. Lions 23, Ravens 20.