No one knows what will happen in the Vikings-Lions game on Sunday, but we get paid money to do a little speculation, so here are … SIX BOLD PREDICTIONS.
MATT VENSEL, Vikings beat writer
Teddy Bridgewater will throw four touchdown passes — three of them to the Vikings. If we’re going to call these “bold predictions,” we better start making them bold. If we’re going to be wrong, let’s do it in spectacular fashion. So my sure-to-be-wrong prediction is that Bridgewater, who was out of sorts against the 49ers, will look shaky in the early going today, too. He will throw a pick-six against the Lions, who gave him trouble last year. But Bridgewater will stabilize himself after that, throwing three touchdown passes in a three-point win.
MARK CRAIG, Vikings beat writer and On The NFL columnist
Vikings win. After Monday night, that seems bold enough.
JIM SOUHAN, columnist
Crazy eights. Blair Walsh kicks eight field goals and the Vikings win, 24-19. Teddy Bridgewater plays well but is sacked 8 times — including three by T.J. Clemmings. Adrian Peterson rushes for 100 yards total — 150 when Bridgewater is under center, minus-50 from the shotgun.
CHIP SCOGGINS, columnist
A.D. will live up to his nickname. Adrian Peterson didn’t touch the ball on the first series last week and got only four carries before halftime. That won’t happen again. Peterson revealed this week that he gets wrinkles on his forehead when he’s mad. He’ll make that face again Sunday pregame, causing Norv Turner to call 40 handoffs for Peterson in the first half. And we’ll all complain about his workload again.
MICHAEL RAND, @Randball and Page Two guy
He’s baaaaak … really. For his career, Adrian Peterson is averaging 109 yards per game at home — 23 more than he averages per game on the road. Home will again prove to be just the thing he needs after a rough 2015 return at San Francisco. Against Detroit’s rebuilt defensive front, Peterson will rush for at least 125 yards and two touchdowns. The doubters also will notice that the sky has not fallen.
CHRIS MILLER, pro sports team leader
Remember him? Dan Orlovsky got his first career start at quarterback against the Vikings in 2008. It was Columbus Day, and the lowlight for Orlovsky was when Jared Allen forced him to scramble and Orlovsky scrambled … out of the end zone for a safety. And the Lions lost 12-10. Well, Orlovsky is again the Lions backup quarterback, and Matthew Stafford has a sore throwing arm and … this prediction is Orlovsky comes into the game and gets revenge by leading the Lions to a come-from-behind victory.