Do the Detroit Lions have the drive and desire to bounce back against the Rams from a gut-wrenching loss to the Packers? The DJC staff makes their picks.
Zac Snyder (8-4) – Despite the winning streak coming to an end last week against the Packers, I’m ready to admit that the Detroit Lions are a middle of the pack team after it was hard to make such an argument through the first half of the season. The Rams, on the other hand, look like they are ready for their season to end, having lost five in a row and failing to score in double-digits since scoring 13 points at Baltimore three weeks ago. Earlier in the season I would have said this is a Lions loss, but the Lions should have a comfortable day at work. Lions 20, Rams 10.
Aaron Huizenga (7-5) – The Lions will try to rebound following a heart-breaking loss by traveling to take on a struggling Rams team. This is a prime spot for the Lions to get back on the winning track as the Rams seemed to have lost their identity the past few weeks. Their defense is still strong, but has been exposed through the air the past few weeks. I like Stafford and company to win another close game, 24-17.
Matt Snyder (6-6) – The Lions have been playing well of late (Hail Mary aside), but a trip away from Ford Field fro the first time in four weeks could shake things up. St. Louis has been struggling to put points on the board, so the Lions defense has an opportunity to make a statement. Lions 24, Rams 13.
Mike Rizzo (5-7) – The Lions’ playoff hopes pretty much got extinguished but with four games left they need to finish strong. The Rams are struggling, Todd Gurley looks gassed and I think that bodes well for the Lions. I think the Lions win this game pretty handily. Lions 31,Rams 14
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Erik Schlitt (5-7) – The Rams offense has averaged only 10.8 points a game over their last five. No coincidence, they are on a five game losing streak. The Lions defense is playing at a high level right now, and with Case Keenum back starting at Quarterback, this trend should continue. Keenum won’t scare the Lions secondary, so expect Teryl Austin to scheme to stop Running Back Todd Gurley. Conversely, Stafford should be able to attack a banged up Rams secondary, who could be missing up to 3 starters. With ten days of rest the Lions are fully healthy and should be able to pick apart a Rams team that could be playing one of its last games in St. Louis. Lions 23, Rams 10.
Braden Shackelford (4-8) – Personally, I want to see this team win. They need some momentum heading into next season and they need to show potential G.M. candidates out there that this team is ready to win. I think this team won’t quit on Jim Caldwell. The Rams on the other hand have been mauled by injuries and their offense is in shambles. I like the Lions in the is one. Lions win, 26-13.