Scanning the Savanna

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While the Lions have been successful at putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks, running backs and being menaces, in general to offenses, word on the street has it that some fans would like Detroit to move away from the Wide 9.

After another successful week for the Detroit Lions both with what happened in their game and others around the league, they are in position to clinch a playoff spot without any additional help. Because they only need to beat the San Diego Chargers on Saturday to punch their ticket to the playoffs, the rooting guide may not even be all that relevant this week.

The Lions secondary remains in a state of flux heading into the final two weeks of the season – when games against prolific passers Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers await.

At cornerback, the Lions are beginning to get healthy. Both Chris Houston and Aaron Berry have practiced the last two days after missing all or part of last week’s win over the Raiders.

If the Lions beat San Diego at home Saturday, they will make the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season. Backus and Raiola were drafted by Detroit in 2001 and have spent their entire careers with the team. Together, they’ve endured an almost unthinkable stretch of futility, misery and ridicule. They are now one victory away from celebrating a postseason berth just three seasons after going 0-16.

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