Oct 6, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) tries to get past Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Neal (96) and linebacker Rob Francois (49) in the third quarter at Lambeau Field. The Packers won 22-9. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions, the Green Bay Packers and the NFL Circle of Life

Need some hope that the Detroit Lions will beat the Green Bay Packers on Thankgiving Day? Well, last night’s victory by the New England Patriots over the Denver Broncos completed the NFL’s “circle of life”, thereby giving every NFL team a winning and losing connection to every other NFL team.

If you’re a fan of “Team A beat Team B and Team B beat Team C, then Team A would beat Team C” this is your ultimate fantasy…or nightmare.

It just so happens that the Lions and Packers are next to each other on the completed circle which makes the Lions transitive path to a victory over the Packers as long as it possible could be.

The Lions beat the Bears, who beat the Vikings, who beat the Steelers, who beat the Ravens, who beat the Browns, who beat the Bills, who beat the Dolphins, who beat the Bengals, who beat the Patriots, who beat the Broncos, who beat the Chiefs, who beat the Cowboys, who beat the Eagles, who beat the Redskins, who beat the Raiders, who beat the Jaguars, who beat the Titans, who beat the Jets, who beat the Saints, who Beat the Bucs, who beat the Falcons, who beat the Rams, who beat the Texans, who beat the Chargers, who beat the Colts, who beat the Seahawks, who beat the 49ers, who beat the Cardinals, who beat the Panthers, who beat the Giants, who beat the Packers.

Of course, the shortest transitive path isn’t even close to being this complicated. The Lions beat the Bears who beat the Packers. There, one chain and you’re done. And then there is the fact that the circle works in the opposite direction based on losses. The Packers beat the Lions. That’s just not as fun.

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