The Detroit Lions may have finally caught the break they have needed for years.
With all the injuries this season to big name players across the league, the Lions may have a chance for a deep playoff push.
The most recent example was Nov. 6 during the Lions game against the Green Bay Packers. The Packers have been a thorn in the side of the Lions for years. With Aaron Rodgers out with a collarbone injury, the Lions were able to pick apart their rival with a newfound confidence.
The Lions currently sit outside of the playoff push with a 4-4 record but are in close pursuit of a wild-card spot.
The remainder of their schedule includes a long list of teams well out of the playoff picture and below .500. Wins against teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, and Chicago Bears should help push them into a wild-card spot.
Getting wins against teams at the bottom of the standings, however, won’t be enough to get the Lions in.
The Lions may have to collect wins against the Minnesota Vikings and the Packers to even have a chance at a wild-card spot.
Divisional and conference wins are too valuable for the Lions to drop at this point. This also means that they’re valuable for the rest of the conference, too.
The Lions also may need the Vikings and Dallas Cowboys to lose at least a game to be able to sneak into a wild card spot.
Four of the last eight games will be played at Ford Field in Detroit. Two of those include the divisional games against the Vikings and Packers.
If the Lions can stay healthy through the rest of the season, they are more than capable of winning out the remainder of their games.
The NFC wild card race is going to be extremely close, but with a little bit of luck, the Lions should sneak in.