The Detroit Lions will look to break out of their on-field funk in Week 4 when they face NFC North Division rivals the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions have lost two out of three to start the NFL year, including a heartbreaker in Tennessee, and a home game against the Vikings could be the cure for what ails them.
On paper, the Lions should be victorious.
As we all know, NFL contests are not played on paper, though. They're played between the hash marks, and that's where the Lions have stumbled so far this season.
They're a better team than their 1-2 record indicates, but they need to play like it. Then again, maybe they're just not getting the bounces they did last season.
Regardless, the Lions swept their series with the Vikings last year and are very capable of beating them at home. The Viking demonstrated they're no pushovers, though. They beat the San Francisco 49ers in perhaps the biggest shocker of this early season.
If Detroit hopes to get back in the win column, they need big games from their big players and they need their defense to play up to its potential.
Here are projections for key Lions players who need to step up against the Vikings.
* All stats in this article are courtesy of ESPN.com.