NFL Week 15 overreactions and reality checks

The Lions will make the playoffs

Overreaction or reality: Reality

Yes, this was mentioned last week. This is one that deserves to be revisited after Detroit’s win over the New York Jets, coupled with the Seattle Seahawks’ loss this week. The Lions are still the No. 9 seed in the conference thanks to Seattle owning the head-to-head tiebreaker, but Detroit should be – at worst – a half game behind the Commanders and Giants for the final playoff spot in the conference.

The Lions close with the Panthers, Bears and Packers – all teams with losing records. No matter who wins between Washington or New York, Detroit getting at least nine wins is a reality now. The Lions may even finish 10-7 with the way they are playing.

Whoever wins between Washington and New York appears set to get one of the wild card playoff spots in the NFC. Detroit appears on track to get the other.


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