Five things the Detroit Lions (4-7) must do to beat the Indianapolis Colts (7-4) on Sunday at Ford Field.
1. The defensive line must try to rattle rookie Colts quarterback Andrew Luck who has been sacked 26 times in first 11 games. He’s solid for a rookie, but he’s vulnerable.
2. Matthew Stafford and the offense must play like they did on Thanksgiving when they rolled up 525 total yards (419 passing). Also they scored 21 first-half points. No fumbles (looking at you Brandon Pettigrew) though.
3. Get the ball to Calvin Johnson. He needs to average 118 yards per game to break Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving yards record. He’s the best in the business and was red-hot the last four games averaging 158 yards per game.
4. Make wide receiver Titus Young inactive. Teach him a lesson. The offense played its best this season without him on Thanksgiving. Let it roll.
5. Play 60 minutes. It’s a cliche and it’s basic, but the Lions haven’t been able to do it, hence a 4-7 record.
Prediction: Lions 24, Colts 14