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Sunday open thread: What will the Lions’ record be in their final 5 games?

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The Lions need a strong finish to make a postseason run. Will they get it?

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

After the Detroit Lions’ loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Thanksgiving, their margin for error in the final month of the season is nearly zero. To finish 11-5 and nearly guarantee themselves a playoff spot, they’ll have to go undefeated. Anything less than that, and they’ll need some help.

Thankfully, a lot of the current NFC contenders still have games remaining against each other. There’s no doubt that the other franchises still in the wild card hunt will add to their loss total before the season is through.

The thing working in the Lions’ favor going forward is the schedule. As it currently stands, the Lions have no more games remaining against teams with winning records. Check it out:

at Ravens (5-5)
at Buccaneers (4-6)
vs. Bears (3-7)
at Bengals (4-6)
vs. Packers (5-5)

So today’s Question of the Day is:

What will the Lions’ record be in the final five games?

My answer: 4-1. I think the Lions will slip up once along the way. I think the most likely losses in the final stretches are next week at Baltimore and on the road against the Bengals. The good news there is that if Detroit does drop either one of those games, it won’t hurt them much in terms of tiebreakers. Conference record is huge in tiebreakers, and a loss to an AFC team would obviously not affect that.

As pointed out a few weeks ago, Jim Caldwell’s record against poor teams is impeccable since joining Detroit in 2014. Not including this year, he’s 20-4 as the Lions coach against teams that finish with a record below .500. That trend has continued this year, as the Lions have beaten all four teams they’ve played that currently has a losing record.

As long as Caldwell can keep this team beating the lower tier of teams down the stretch, the Lions have a very good chance to make the postseason.

Your turn.

Poll

What will the Lions’ record be in the final 5 games?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    0-5
    (25 votes)
  • 1%
    1-4
    (21 votes)
  • 6%
    2-3
    (78 votes)
  • 25%
    3-2
    (315 votes)
  • 31%
    4-1
    (390 votes)
  • 33%
    5-0
    (419 votes)
1248 votes total Vote Now