After staring the season 1-6, the Detroit Lions have won three straight games, two of which were on the road. The Lions last three victories come against the Packers, Bears and Giants. Now at 4-6, the Lions are firmly in the running for a wild card berth in the NFC playoffs. Due to so many teams in the NFC around .500, the final playoff spot could be open to a wide range of teams, depending upon how things play out. As of right now in the NFC, the Eagles, Vikings, Seahawks, Bucs hold the division spots, while the Giants, Cowboys, and 49ers hold the wild card spots. The 5-4 San Francisco 49ers play Monday Night Football against the 4-6 Arizona Cardinals, another team in the playoff race. Currently, the Washington Commanders, who are now 6-5 after defeating the Houston Texans are in the hunt along with the Atlanta Falcons who are 5-6, and your Detroit Lions, who are 4-6, the Packers who are 4-7 and the Saints who sit at 4-7 as well. As you can see, the race for the NFC playoffs has become tight, but the good thing for the first time in a long time the Lions are in the conversation for a spot.
The Lions will take on Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving. Thursday’s game against the Bills (7-3) will reveal a lot about the Lions. The Bills are a super bowl favorite, though they haven’t been playing well as of lately winning only 1 of their late 3 games, they are still many people’s team to win it all. Following the Bills, the Lions play the Jets, Jaguars, Vikings, Bears, Packers, and Panthers, the 24th most difficult remaining schedule in the league.