If the season ended today, the Detroit Lions would miss the playoffs due to a tiebreaker with the Carolina Panthers. There is no question the Lions are the better team than the Panthers, but unfortunately, that is how it goes sometimes. The good news is Detroit has plenty of team to pick up steam, especially with five great opportunities coming their way in the next five weeks.
The Lions will watch one NFC North opponent fall on Monday Night Football. It is certainly a great way to start the week, one in which they will face the Chicago Bears on Sunday. What do the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles have in common? They are on the Lions’ schedule in the near future and all three should be wins.
The fifth team is the Green Bay Packers. Obviously, the Packers are the team in the bunch that the Lions will have to focus on the most. Not to mention, gear up for the highly anticipated showdown on Thanksgiving. Considering Detroit has a favorable schedule in which their remaining opponents have a 21-42 record, the contest against Green Bay could change the outcome of the season.
With that being said, the Packers have a schedule that will most likely see them favored in every contest for the rest of the regular season. That means the Lions will have no choice but to keep pace at this point.
The harsh reality is the division could be out of Detroit’s grasp. However, the good news is the playoffs are most definitely a reality. There is no question one of the two wild card spots in the NFC will go to a team in the NFC West. Looking at the standings it is easy to see that the other one will most likely go to a team from the NFC North.