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Lions vs. Vikings Week 16 expert picks, predictions

A look at our staff’s expert picks for the Week 16 game between the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings.

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The Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings face off on Sunday afternoon for a massive NFC North contest. These are the only two teams still mathematically eligible to win the division, but the Lions are clearly in the driver’s season. With a three game lead and only three games left, the only way the Lions lose out on the division is if they lose all of their remaining games and the Vikings win all of their remaining games.

But there’s a catch: two of those remaining three games are against each other. What at first was a curious schedule oddity has now becomes a fascinating development in the division race. A sweep from the Vikings gives them a very realistic shot at the division—especially when you consider the Lions’ other game is against a good Cowboys teams, and Minnesota’s third game is against a struggling Packers team.

So will the Lions be able to avoid the drama for the last three weeks of the season and clinch the division on Sunday afternoon? Or are we headed for some high-stakes football in Weeks 17 and 18?

Here’s a look at our picks for Lions vs. Vikings.

Brandon Knapp (12-2): 27-20 Lions
Ryan Mathews (11-3): 21-17 Vikings
Jerry Mallory (10-3): 23-20 Lions
Alex Reno (10-4): 20-17 Lions
Kellie Rowe (10-4): 31-20 Lions
Meko Scott (10-4): 24-17 Lions
Jeremy Reisman (10-4): 27-24 Lions (On Paper preview)
Morgan Cannon (9-5): 24-13 Lions
Erik Schlitt (9-5): 27-24 Lions (5 keys preview)
Kyle Yost (9-5): 21-18 Lions
Hamza Baccouche (8-6): 25-19 Lions
John Whiticar (7-7): 30-27 Lions
Chris Perfett (0-0-14): 24-24 Tie

Check out all of our Week 16 picks right here.

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