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Lions vs. Rams 2015 picks and predictions: Detroit expected to get bounce-back win

The Lions will try to shake off last week's gutting Hail Mary loss.

The Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams are both 4-8 and suffering through disappointing seasons. With their playoff hopes almost extinguished, both teams are hoping to salvage some pride from this game.

The Lions were on a roll not too long ago, winning three in a row to give themselves an outside chance at a miraculous wild card bid after starting the season 1-7. That all came crashing down in two plays last Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers, when a facemask penalty gave Green Bay an untimed down. Aaron Rodgers' Hail Mary pass found the hands of Richard Rodgers in the end zone to rip out the hearts of Lions fans everywhere.

The Rams are also 4-8, and got there in a much more bitter fashion. At one point they were 4-3, Todd Gurley was taking the league by storm and the defense was dominating. Now they've lost five games in a row, Gurley hasn't reached 100 rushing yards in a game since Week 8 and the quarterback situation has become a mess.

Case Keenum will get the start again after a concussion kept him out of two games. Nick Foles has been bad this year, but Keenum wasn't much better in his one start. With no passing game to respect, opposing defenses can key in on Gurley, who is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry in the past five games. Even the defense has been mediocre recently, allowing 30.6 points per game during the five-game losing streak. With ongoing rumors of a move to Los Angeles, it's hard to imagine morale getting much lower among Rams fans.

It's a clean sweep in Detroit's favor at CBS Sports, with all eight writers picking the Lions. Things are a lot closer here at SB Nation, with an even 4-4 split in the picks.

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