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5 things Lions must do to beat Vikings

ALLEN PARK -- Coming off a three-game win streak, the Lions have a strong shot to beat the Minnesota Vikings in the season finale. In fact, they should win. Here are five things they must do to make that happen:

1. The pieced-together defense, which is missing key players to injury, must be good enough to let the offense have a chance to win it. Guys like Lawrence Jackson, Nathan Vasher and Bobby Carpenter should be improving due to increased playing time.

2. The Dolphins’ defense did a good job in stopping the Lions’ rushing attack, but they’ve got to stick with running the ball against a strong Vikings’ defense. Maurice Morris, who has a chest injury, wasn’t as effective against the Dolphins as he had been in recent weeks.

3. Lions quarterbacks (Drew Stanton and Shaun Hill) haven’t thrown an interception in two straight games. That’s played a huge factor in the wins. Hill needs to keep that up against the Vikings.

4. Get the ball to Calvin Johnson, Pro Bowl starter.

5. Be resilient.

Prediction: Lions 28, Vikings 21

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