Oct 14, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Houston (23) celebrates intercepting a pass intended for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Lions defeated the Eagles 26-23 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Lions Season Could Be Back on Track With Win Over Chicago Bears

The Detroit Lions’ win over the Philadelphia Eagles brought their season off the brink of disaster but the season’s ultimate fate still hangs in the balance. A win over the Bears next Monday and things start to look much better.

How much better? Well, I took a look around and talked about it in my weekly piece for the Detroit Free Press at Freep.com. Spoiler alert: I used the word playoffs.

The Detroit Lions’ week six victory over the Philadelphia Eagles felt like a flashback to 2011. The slow offensive start, the missed opportunities and the eventual comeback victory were the hallmark of the 2011 Lions, especially on the road.

There was a lot to like – the pressure on Vick and improved special teams play – some things not to like – the slow start offensively and Jeremy Maclin’s 70-yard touchdown catch – but the Lions got what mattered most: the victory.

It is only a single step in the right direction but it is a step nonetheless. The Lions have another opportunity to take a step in the right direction against the Chicago Bears next Monday night. It’s been a frustrating season to date but a win over the Bears would allow for the return of a legitimate discussion about the Lions returning to the playoffs.

The dynamics in the NFC are very interesting and the Lions could be in surprisingly good shape if they emerge from Chicago victorious. Keep reading at Freep.com.

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