The Detroit Lions didn’t look good doing it, but for the third time this year, they came away with a road victory in the division. They are now 3-0 in division games away from Ford Field in 2017, and that spells history.
That’s huge for Detroit’s playoff chances, but it’s also a franchise mark they’ve never hit in the history of the team. 2017 marks the first time the Detroit Lions went undefeated in road games in the division, per Solomon Williams, who works in the communication department for the team.
The Lions have come close before. In fact, back in 2014, the Lions were a game away from sweeping the NFC North in both home and away games. But a Week 17 matchup in Lambeau prevented the Lions from winning the North and from getting the full sweep.
Detroit will get the opportunity to continue their sweep of the division next week. On Thursday, the Minnesota Vikings—hot on a six-game winning streak—come to town. The Lions remain two games behind Minnesota in the NFC North race, but if they can win on Thanksgiving, they will have swept the Vikings and hold the tiebreaker over them for the rest of season.