On Paper preview, prediction: Lions vs. Vikings

The Detroit Lions, still in search of their first win of the season, will have their chance at revenge this week, as the Minnesota Vikings are in town. The Vikes escaped the team’s previous Week 5 matchup with the narrowest of wins. Despite taking the lead with 37 seconds left, the Lions gave up three big plays to Kirk Cousins, opening the door of a 54-yard game-winning kick.

So now on the Lions’ home turf, can Detroit finally tally a win? Both teams will be missing key players, so it’ll be on each team’s depth to pull out a Week 13 victory. Who does that favor? Let’s take a closer look with our On Paper preview.

Lions pass offense (32nd) vs. Vikings pass defense (10th)

The Lions’ pass offense continues to be really, really, really bad, but there was at least a glimmer of hope last week for the first time since Dan Campbell took over play-calling duties. Jared Goff completed four passes 10+ yards downfield, which may not sound like a lot (because it isn’t), but it’s a drastic increase for this offense.

Still, I’m not going to sit here and convince you this is a changed offense. They still rank 31st in yards per attempt (6.2), 25th in passer rating, t-29th in passing touchdowns (10) and 32nd in air yards per attempt (5.9).

After a rough start to the season, the Vikings’ pass defense has leveled out nicely.…

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