Detroit Lions Gain Ground In Division Without Playing

When the Detroit Lions come back from their bye week they find themselves a little closer to the division lead than when they left.

The Chicago Bears’ loss to the Washington Redskins earlier today dropped them to 4-3 on the season. The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings find themselves in the middle of a game against each other as I type. By the end of the night one of those teams will have their fourth loss of the season while the other will escape with the three losses they entered the game with.

If fans are looking for a silver lining to the 1-5 start the Lions put up prior to their bye week it may be that none of the NFC North’s other three teams is running away with the division. The Lions will emerge from their weekend off just two games back in the loss column and appear to be getting healthy at the right time.

Further helping their cause is that they have completed to road portion of their divisional schedule. With Chicago, Green Bay, and Minnesota still needing to make their trips to Detroit, the Lions will have another shot at making some noise. Saying they have a chance to win the division would be overly optimistic but they can certainly have a say at who ends up in the playoffs.

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  • Dale

    Exactly how are the playoff teams determined by the end of the season. I know the divisions are important with the decision but i still don’t know that much. Please tell me how it works. Also what would happen if every team in a division won 11 games or more, i know it wouldn’t happen but i thought it would be a good example.

    • Zac Snyder

      The winners of each of the four divisions gets a spot in the playoffs, no matter what their record.

      Two more playoff berths are awarded to the two best records of the teams that did not win their division.

      The NFL has defined a series of tie breaking rules to determine who gets to go to the playoffs in the case of a tie in the standings.

      In your scenario of all four teams in a division winning 11 games, at least one of those teams will not make the playoffs.