Despite suffering from three straight losses, the Detroit Lions next month of games appear to be very winnable and could led them to top of their division.
As it stands today, the 3-4 Detroit Lions sit third in the NFC North. Atop the division are the 6-2 Minnesota Vikings, followed by the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers at 4-3. And in the basement are the 3-5 Chicago Bears.
For Lions fans, it may seem like the ceiling is caving in on Detroit after three straight losses. But those defeats came to teams who currently possess winning records, the 6-2 Pittsburgh Steelers, the 5-2 New Orleans Saints and the 5-3 Carolina Panthers. All of whom are quality opponents and all three contests could have easily gone in the Lions’ favor.
But take heart Motor City fans! Detroit’s schedule moving forward seems very favorable. Especially, their next four opponents.
"” … the Lions probably are going to win their next four games,” wrote Carlos Monarrez for the Detroit Free Press. ” … After the Packers, the Lions play the Browns, at Chicago and host the Vikings on Thanksgiving. All winnable games that could make the Lions 7-4 and put them in the thick of the playoff race in less than a month.”"
In fact, of the Lions’ remaining nine games left in the regular season, six of them will be against opponents who possess a .500 record or worse. And of three teams with a winning record, two of those games are against the hobbled Packers. And the other is against the Vikings, a team which the Lions have already beaten once in Minnesota.
Here’s the truth: If the Detroit Lions don’t win the majority of the games remaining on their schedule, they are simply not good enough to do so and don’t deserve to make their third postseason appearance in four years. Fortunately for fans, I believe this Lions’ team is easily capable of winning the NFC North division.