Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings: SLR Staff Predictions

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Sep 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz (left) shakes hands with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) after being defeated by the Detroit Lions 34-24 at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Braden Shackelford

I would imagine that the Lions come out of the gates sluggish, even more so than when they still had a chance to win the division. Winning or losing should mean nothing to the fans in the grand scheme of things. There is going to be so much change over the offseason that a win or lose, the only impact this game will have will be in draft order.

With that said I am very interested to see the guys play who will be fighting for their NFL lives on Sunday, particularly Chris Greenwood, who looks to build upon his exceptionnal start in his first NFL game.

Folks, take this game as a good scouting opportunity and try to enjoy it win or lose as it’s the last Lions game we will be watching for months. Lions 20, Vikings 24


Matt Pelc

The last football game ever played at the Metrodome will likely be a dull affair between the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions. No Adrian Peterson, likely no Calvin Johnson and nothing on the line for either club playing with presumed lame duck coaches.

Even if the Lions had somehow managed to win last week and have a chance at winning that elusive division title, I thought they’d lose this game. The Vikings have played their division rivals tough this year and I figured they’d ratchet up enough emotion in their stadium’s final game to knock the Lions out of the playoffs.

Now that nothing is on the line, who really knows? This game is a toss up, but since the Lions have gone 3-17 in that house of horrors since 1993, I’ll give the edge to Minnesota. Lions 16, Vikings 23

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