We are halfway through the 2011 NFL season. If the season ended today, the Detroit Lions would be one of the six teams in the NFC to make the NFL playoffs. Just like last week, they are currently penciled in as the NFC's fifth seed. Unlike last week, the Lions are slated to face the Saints, not the Giants.
Here's a look at the current NFC playoff picture:
1. Green Bay Packers (7-0)
2. San Francisco 49ers (6-1)
3. New York Giants (5-2)
4. New Orleans Saints (5-3)
5. Detroit Lions (6-2)
6. Chicago Bears (4-3)
First-round bye: Packers, 49ers
Giants vs. Bears
Saints vs. Lions
Of the five other NFC teams that would make the playoffs if the season ended today, four are on the Lions schedule. What's more, two of the teams -- the Packers and Bears -- are on the Lions schedule twice. The Lions have already played the Bears and 49ers, and they still have games against the Bears (again), Packers (twice) and Saints. The only team currently in the top six of the NFC not on the Lions schedule (aside from the Lions, obviously) is the Giants.