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Bold prediction of the week: Marvin Jones Jr. grabs spotlight at family reunion

Marvin Jones has always found success against his divisional opponents; expect it to continue Sunday.

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Lions faced heartbreak yet again after getting jobbed by the officials in Lambeau on Monday night. A short week, however, necessitates a short memory, and they’re back to work against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

The Green Bay Packers presented the Lions with a very physical, long game. The Vikings should do the same with their emphasis on the ground game, especially given Kirk Cousins’ tendency to struggle against disguised pass coverages—a signature of Matt Patricia’s defenses. It’ll take a solid performance from every facet of the Lions this Sunday to rebound with a win against a very complete Vikings team.

Bold prediction of the week: Marvin Jones Jr. comes alive to the tune of 110+ yards and a score.

The folks here at Pride of Detroit love a good family reunion. Thus, we’re really excited for Xavier Rhodes to get to see his father once again when he lines up opposite of Marvin Jones Jr. on Sunday.

Jones has had divisional opponents’ numbers for much of his Detroit tenure, but he’s arguably had the most success against the former first-team All-Pro cornerback Rhodes. Jones has been as good of a receiver this season as he was in 2017, bouncing back from a quieter 2018 season.

The numbers wouldn’t indicate it though—the addition of T.J. Hockenson to suit Darrell Bevell’s tight end affinity combined with Kenny Golladay’s emergence as a deep threat mean there have only been so many targets to go around for Jones.

Expect an emergent game from Jones on Sunday. He has averaged a hair under 59 yards per game in 2019, eclipsing 100 yards only once with his 101-yard performance against the Philadelphia Eagles. There’s no reason to believe Jones’ magic Rhodes-antidote has worn off, and it’ll be exciting to see Jones orchestrate another family reunion with his son on Sunday.

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