Pioneer Press reporters who cover the Vikings make their picks for Sunday’s game at U.S. Bank Stadium against the Detroit Lions:
Vikings 28, Lions 27: While these Lions aren’t a pushover like they once were, the Vikings will still come out on top. Just barley. Look for a big bounce-back game from Justin Jefferson. He’s him.
Lions 27, Vikings 24: Which defense shows up, the one that held Green Bay to seven points or the one that essentially lost Monday’s game at Philly in the first half? Plus, it feels as if Detroit might be turning a corner.
Vikings 31, Lions 27: Vikings first-year coach Kevin O’Connell has developed a relationship with the legendary Bud Grant. Perhaps Grant has told him Step 1 in this job is to dominate the Lions. Grant went 26-8-1 against Detroit during his coaching tenure in Minnesota.
Vikings 24, Lions 21: Pressure’s on. After last Monday’s debacle in Philadelphia, Kirk Cousins can’t afford another clunker.