The Detroit Lions (6-7) and New York Jets (7-6) both absolutely need this game. Both teams are on the outside looking in for their perspective conference’s playoff picture, but a win would catapult their postseason odds into a very realistic territory. Per FiveThirtyEight’s playoff probability model, the Lions’ playoff chances would jump to 40 percent with a win, while the Jets’ odds would move to 48 percent with a win.
In a lot of ways, these teams are similar. They’re both in Year 2 under a new head coach. They’re both being carried by young players on both sides of the ball. But where they truly differ is their strengths. Detroit is carried by an offense that is currently ranked fifth in scoring. New York is bolstered by a defense that has allowed the sixth-fewest points in the NFL. Those two units will face off on Sunday night for one of the most intriguing matchups in Week 15.
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