5 bold Minnesota Vikings predictions for Week 18 vs. the Detroit Lions

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The Minnesota Vikings will close the 2023 NFL regular season when they travel to face the NFC North champion Detroit Lions in Week 18.

A long, difficult 2023 season for the Minnesota Vikings will likely come to a close when they head out on the road for a Week 18 matchup on Sunday that has them facing the Detroit Lions for the second time in the last three weeks.

While the Vikings still have a 2.8 percent chance to make the playoffs this season, several things need to go right in order for this to happen, including picking up an upset win over the Lions this weekend.

After losing their last three games, Minnesota will likely be riding out the season after Sunday's game and entering a 2024 offseason full of questions.

There’s a different vibe on the other sideline, however, as Detroit is division champs for the first time since the 1993 season.

With head coach Dan Campbell leading the way, the Lions have their eyes set on a playoff run, and they have become the NFC’s Cinderella story heading into next week’s Super Wild-Card round of the postseason.

With one team looking to miraculously get into the playoffs and the other looking for the second seed in the NFC, it creates an interesting dynamic for the season finale in Detroit on Sunday.

Let's go over a few bold predictions for this weekend’s game to see who will walk out of Ford Field with the victory, starting with a Vikings star playmaker reaching a milestone for the fourth season in a row.