After defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons in back-to-back weeks to move to 3-3 on the season, the Detroit Lions are right back in the playoff hunt and with an upcoming schedule that looks very manageable, they could make a run.
If the Lions want to make the playoffs, they will have to handle their own business, but they may also end up needing some help.
Because of that, we are going to be continuing our annual series of Detroit Lions weekly rooting guides so that you know which teams should be rooting for each week if you are want to see the Lions in the playoffs.
First of all, we will not look at AFC vs. AFC matchups as they have no bearing for the Lions playoff chances. In addition, you should root for any AFC team to beat any NFC team since the Lions are in the NFC. So, root for the Miami Dolphins over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
That being said, here are the NFC vs. NFC matchups that you should be paying attention to. NOTE: The Falcons already beat the Panthers on Thursday night, which is a good thing for the Lions.
New Orleans Saints (4-2) at Chicago Bears (5-2)
Both of these teams have already defeated the Lions but if Detroit wants to make a run at an NFC North title, the Bears are in their way. Root for the Saints.
Minnesota Vikings (1-5) at Green Bay Packers (5-1)
The Packers are in control of things in the NFC North but if they were to lose on Sunday to the Vikings and the Lions beat the Colts, things will get much tighter. Root for the Vikings
San Francisco 49ers (4-3) at Seattle Seahawks (5-1)
There are slim chances that the Lions would ever catch the Seahawks for a top seed in the NFC but there is a chance they will be in a battle for a Wild Card spot with the 49ers. Root for the Seahawks
Dallas Cowboys (2-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-4-1)
The Cowboys are all but dead and even if they win this game, they will not be close to making the playoffs in 2020. The Eagles, depending on how things play out in the NFC East could end up being in a wild card battle with the Lions. Root for the Cowboys
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2) at New York Giants (1-6)
Easy one here. The Giants are trash and won’t challenge for a playoff spot any time soon. The Buccaneers, on the other hand, could be a problem depending on how things go down the stretch. Root for the Giants