With two weeks left in the 2014 regular season, the Detroit Lions are in first place in the NFC North and are in line for a first-round bye in the playoffs. I'll let that sink in for a second...
The Lions returned to the top of the NFC North with a big assist from the Buffalo Bills. The Lions took care of business with a 16-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings, and the Bills beat the Green Bay Packers earlier in the day by a score of 21-13. As a result, the Lions and Packers now have the same record, and Detroit still owns the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Lions also own the tiebreaker over the Dallas Cowboys, meaning they have the No. 2 seed in the conference going into Week 16.
- Arizona Cardinals (11-3) *NFC West champion*
- Detroit Lions (10-4) *NFC North champion*
- Dallas Cowboys (10-4) *NFC East champion*
- Carolina Panthers (5-8-1) *NFC South champion*
- Seattle Seahawks (10-4) *Wild card*
- Green Bay Packers (10-4) *Wild card*
- Philadelphia Eagles (9-5)
Bye: Cardinals, Lions | Wild-card round: Cowboys vs. Packers, Panthers vs. Seahawks
The Lions have put themselves in an extremely good position. Even with a loss next week, they would still play for the NFC North title in Week 17. With a win next week, on the other hand, they would clinch a playoff spot. And with a win and a Green Bay loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Lions would be NFC North champions before Week 17 even begins.