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The Lions finally go back to the quarterback that never should had lost his starting job in the first place, Charlie Batch. Batch and the offense will come alive against the Vikings poor defense and put up some points. But the Lions secondary that still is playing with out Bryant Westbrook and Kurt Shultz will need to stop the Vikings high power passing game. But one good thing for the Lions is that the Vikings have not been able to run the ball effectively this year with out Robert Smith who retired after last season. Both teams need the win and it will be a tight fought game but the Lions will prevail in the end. Lions 27 Vikings 20.
LIONS: 27 VIKINGS: 20
The Metrodome has never been kind to the Lions. But things just might change this Sunday. But it won't come easy. The Vikes are down, but not out, and they're hungry to get back to form. Is their D good enough to support the offense? Not this time, especially with a paper thin O-Line. If James Stewart has a good peformance like he usually does against this team, the passing game will open up and the offense will start rolling for the Motor City. The Lions have to play disciplined, though, and avoid stupid penalties. Easier said than done.
VIKINGS: 21 LIONS: 35
I tried pessimism, and it worked last week when I selected St. Louis to dominate Detroit. Boy, don't I feel special knowing the inevitable occured ... and that I predicted it. Hell, just call last week realism. On Sunday, Marty and his temporary halted QB courosel (I know, I know) enter Minnesota facing a complex task in halting the Vikings' "Just Throw Me The Damn Ball" offense, and getting their own offense off the ground. Minnesota, however, is finding life without retired RB Robert Smith difficult. And their air game isn't clicking consistently. And despite several consecutive years of pathetic defenses, they have also yet to upgrade it. With Batch back in the huddle, and Marty's "100%" approval, Detroit is hungry for one win. Any win. Minnesota doesn't play mobile quarterbacks particularly well, and that will help.
LIONS: 24 VIKINGS: 17 ... just call it optimism.