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Lions picked upset by former player, ESPN personality for Week 3

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Heading down the road in Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings, the Detroit Lions may not be favored much, but some are getting on their feet to project the win.

Interestingly, an ESPN analyst and former member of the Lions is among the first to put his name on the line, saying Detroit will have a massive road win in early 2022.

As DetroitLions.com’s Mike O’Hara pointed out, former Detroit offensive lineman Damien Woody picked the Lions to beat the Vikings in a first-place fight this weekend.

“Former Detroit Lions O-lineman Damien Woody predicts an ESPN Lions win over the Vikings on Sunday,” O’Hara said tweeted.

Such a win would be a huge boost to the Lions and their hopes for preseason relevance. Unfortunately, Woody didn’t know much about the victory in Detroit. After he was signed in 2004, the Lions had some very average seasons before hitting their nadir in 2008, going 0-16. Woody left the team in 2007.

It wasn’t just Woody, however. Lots of people are betting on a great performance by the Lions in the national media this week.

Woody may be a lone voice on ESPN to support the Lions’ efforts this week, but he has some competition from NFL.com pundit Gregg Rosenthal.

This week, Rosenthal unveiled his new Week 3 play picks and showed he’s firmly on the Detroit train. As he wrote, he selected Detroit to beat Minnesota 33-30, believing the team had an advantage thanks to its offense.

“In that early-season seesaw, I tend to look for which units are the most consistent. The Lions’ offense is this group. Amon-Ra St. Brown and D’Andre Swift make the leap from good to special, and I have faith in Detroit’s staff to give their roster a slight edge,” he wrote.

While Detroit’s offense is consistent, it may not have hit its ceiling yet. That could be scary news for Minnesota as things get tighter this week.

In terms of going head-to-head on the field, a team that played closest against Minnesota in 2021 was the Lions. Detroit nearly pulled off an unlikely win on the road, beating the Vikings at home for their first win of the season.

In the game in Minnesota, the Lions scored 17 points and were offensively limited. That didn’t stop them from launching a furious comeback that almost ended in victory. Detroit only lost after a late meltdown and a long field goal to oust them 19-17.

The revenge came later for Detroit in December. Detroit ramped up their offense and drove a last-second touchdown pass to a 29-27 win. The game was seen as a coming out party for Amon-Ra St. Brown, who is now a household name.

Overall, these games show the Lions can compete with Minnesota, and the game should be an intriguing fight in 2022. It’s possible for the winner of this game to have the early inside track to the division and a solid move toward late-season playoff contention.

Many already believe the Lions have a shot at making serious progress this season and a win in Week 3 would prove it.

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