It’s funny how much of a difference a couple of weeks can make in the NFL.
Two weeks ago, just about everybody was calling for the heads of Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn after the Detroit Lions blew another double-digit lead before losing to the New Orleans Saints 35-29. Fast forward to the present, a day after the Lions put a whooping on the Jacksonville Jaguars, and national media members are mentioning the Lions and the playoffs in the same breath.
In his MAQB piece on Monday afternoon, Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated pointed out what many have been pointing out over the past two weeks. That the Lions schedule is extremely favorable over the next month and a half or so and there is a chance they make a run at the playoffs.
The Lions defense came together on Sunday in a way it hadn’t before—choking out an opponent it had down—and it’s worth mentioning that three players Matt Patricia imported from Foxboro had a big hand in it and wound up grading out exceptionally well. Trey Flowers, Jamie Collins and Duron Harmon all played more than 70% of Detroit’s defensive snaps. Flowers had a sack, Harmon had a pick and Collins finished second on the team with seven tackles, and had a pressure and pass defensed on top of it. The Lions schedule softens a little over the next six weeks, so I wouldn’t rule out a run at a playoff spot.
Nation, what are your feelings about the Lions chances at getting a nice winning streak going? Do you think they will make a run at the playoffs?