The Detroit Lions joined some ugly company on Thursday afternoon after dropping their Thanksgiving Day Classic against the Chicago Bears. With the loss, their fifth straight and eighth in the last nine, the Lions now join the winless Cincinnati Bengals as the first two teams officially eliminated from 2020 playoff contention.
This will now be the team’s third consecutive season without a playoff appearance, and the first time they’ve been eliminated from playoffs in November since their Thanksgiving loss to the New England Patriots in 2010—on their way to a 6-10 season.
Detroit could, theoretically, finish with a better record than that year. With four games remaining on the schedule, the Lions—at best—could finish 7-8-1. However, seeing as they have two games remaining against playoff contenders (Packers and Vikings) and the Lions have won just one game in the past two months, even 5-10-1 seems unlikely at this point.
The Lions will face a lot of important offseason questions in a month, none more pressing than what to do about the ones leading this franchise that is currently heading in the wrong direction.