The NFL season has less than a week left. By Sunday night—which now will feature the Detroit Lions in primetime—we will know the 12 teams whose season remains alive, we will know which teams have the top 20 picks in the NFL draft, and, most importantly, we will know the fate of our Detroit Lions.
The Lions can clinch a playoff spot with a win tonight over the Dallas Cowboys, but there are also a ton of other possible scenarios, including earning a first round bye in the playoffs or missing the playoffs altogether. In fact, the Lions can finish with any of the possible seedings: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7. The Lions can’t catch the Cowboys for the one-seed, and the Giants are locked into the five-seed. Of course, the seven-seed is the first team out of the postseason, which is still a very real possibility for the Lions.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Which seed with the Detroit Lions finish with?
My answer: This is an incredibly hard question to answer, because this team has played on the razor’s edge between wins and losses since October. It only makes sense that now their playoff chances lay on the same, thin edge. But since I asked the questions, I will answer it. I think the Lions will back into the playoffs and catch that six-seed, thanks to a loss from Washington to the Giants in Week 17. I don’t think Dallas will rest their starters tonight, making it tough for the Lions to pick up a road victory, and I think Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson are playing at the top of their game right now and can carry an otherwise poor Packers team. I hope I am wrong, but that’s where I see things right now.