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Detroit Lions have the NFL’s toughest remaining schedule

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If the Detroit Lions are going to make an improbable run at the playoffs, they’ll likely have to win at least three of their remaining four games, maybe all four. Given that this team hasn’t strung together a four-game winning streak since 2016, that seems unlikely.

It seems even more unlikely when you consider the schedule. The Lions’ next four opponents, the Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings, are all current holders of a playoff spot. The schedule is so difficult, in fact, that it is considered the hardest remaining schedule of all 32 teams in the NFL.

ESPN’s Mike Clay tweeted out the toughest remaining schedules by his metrics, and as you can see, the Lions are right there at the bottom.

But it isn’t just Clay’s projections. The Lions have the second-toughest schedule according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric.

Or maybe you just want to go by the old-school win/loss record. The Lions are right there, too.

Dolphins opponents: 33-15 (.688)
Lions opponents: 30-18 (.625)
Falcons opponents: 28-20 (.583)
Panthers opponents; 28-20 (.583)
Jaguars opponents: 28-20 (.583)
Vikings opponents: 27-21 (.563)

So if Darrell Bevell is going to pull off a miraculous playoff run, it will truly have to be miraculous by every sense of the word. Good luck, Bev!