If the season were to end today (we can only dream), the Detroit Lions would not only host a playoff game, but they would receive a first round bye as they now sit in 2nd place in the NFC with a 9-4 record.
The Green Bay Packers easily handled the Seattle Seahawks 38-10 on Sunday and have turned it on to close the season, as many suspected. While the Lions still hold a two game lead in the NFC North, their remaining schedule is absolutely dreadful. Playing in New York against the [currently] 8-4 Giants, taking another road trip to Dallas against the [currently] 11-1 Cowboys, on Monday Night Football the night after Christmas, and then defending the den against the Green Bay Packers who are now 7-6. That is a combined record of 26-11, and the Lions have to finish the season with MVP candidate Matthew Stafford playing with torn ligaments and a dislocation of his finger.
How do you feel about the Lions chances to “hold it down” and win their division for the first time since 1993?
Currently the NFC standings look like this
1. Dallas Cowboys (11-1)
2. Detroit Lions (9-4)
3. Seattle Seahawks (8-4-1)
4. Atlanta Falcons (7-5)
5. New York Giants (8-4)
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5)
In The Hunt
7. Washington Redskins (7-5-1) .5 GB
8. Minnesota Vikings (7-6) 1 GB
9. Green Bay Packers (7-6) 1 GB
10. Arizona Cardinals (5-7-1) 2.5 GB
It should be noted that as of right now the Minnesota Vikings hold the tiebreaker over the Green Bay Packers as they won their only game so far this year. They will meet December 24th in a huge game, in which as Lions fans we need Minnesota to pull off a Christmas miracle at Lambeau Field.
One thing is for sure, it is a very tight race to the finish, which is exciting and a bit nerve racking at the same time.