The bottom-dwellers of the NFC North face off Sunday when the Detroit Lions (7-8) go to Minnesota to face the Vikings (4-10-1).
In these situations one wonders if fans want their teams to win or tank. A win could give the Lions a pick around 15, and a loss would put them at about 10.
In draft world five spots is a wide discrepancy, 250 points worth according to draftcountdown.com. 250 points is equivalent to the 68th pick in the NFL draft.
So is a win this Sunday worth losing a third round pick (in theory)? No, a win this week is worth nothing.
If anything, a win could build the confidence of a team that should have none. Beating a terrible Vikings team would prove nothing to fans but could stroke the ego of a few players and coaches who don’t need it.
With failure comes the drive to overcome obstacles so that it may not be repeated. A loss would send an exclamation point to ownership to get rid of the Jim Schwartz regime.
Although, losing will be tough as Vikings running backs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart are doubtful for Sunday. That leaves the inept Matt Asiata as their lone tailback once again. If you recall Asiata gained 51 yards on 30 carries a couple weeks ago against the Philadelphia Eagles. His only value comes at the goal-line where he plowed through for three rushing touchdowns.
The Vikings, as a whole, have been pretty brutal all season. Their most recent defeat came in Cincinnati where they got pummeled 42-14. In their defense, the Bengals are undefeated at home this season.
We all know the Lions have not been much better, and they should be even worse this week. Calvin Johnson is questionable, and the Lions would be wise to sit their most valuable player in this one; however, Schwartz said that Johnson will play if able, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Other notable injuries for the Lions include: Brandon Pettigrew (out), LaAdrian Waddle (out), Israel Idonije (out), Dorin Dickerson (out), Chris Houston (doubtful), and Bill Bentley (doubtful). Cornerbacks Darius Slay and Rashean Mathis are expected to return.
Because I think the Lions should lose, they will probably win. They are far more talented than Minnesota, but, lucky for me, talent has not stopped Detroit from embarrassing themselves over and over again this season.
Also, the Vikings may have a bit more motivation to come away with a victory as they play their last game ever at the Metrodome, a place they have gone 23-7 all-time against the Lions. Here’s to hoping they are sentimental.
The Lions win anyway, 24-17, keep Schwartz and I cry.