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    Can they avoid 0-5 Sunday at Vikings?

    Free Press sports writers make their predictions for the Detroit Lions’ game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium (1 p.m., Fox) in Week 5 of the NFL season:

    Dave Birkett

    Dave Campbell held his fingers a sliver apart to illustrate how thin the Lions’ margin for error was when I sat down with him before the start of the season. The Lions had to do just about everything right, and stay healthy, to win games this year — and they have done neither through four weeks. They tend to play one good half and one miserable half of football, and their lack of depth is showing now that injuries have depleted their roster.

    SCOUTING REPORT:Lions vs. Vikings on Sunday

    Campbell and his staff will do their best to keep things close Sunday, relying on a heavy dose of the run and not taking many chances defensively. Ultimately, though, they don’t have enough to ward off Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen up front, or stop Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and perhaps Dalvin Cook on defense. For the first time since 2015, the Lions are looking at an 0-5 start. Pick: Vikings 21, Lions 14.

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