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Playoff Push: Are the Lions Still in the Mix?

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By Gavin Kozlo November 17, 2020 0 Comment
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Is a Lion’s Playoff Push Still Possible?

How are the Lions looking after week 10?

The Detroit Lions have been a very up and down team in this crazy 2020 year. But there is still hope for a Lions playoff push, considering this team can make a wildcard spot. The expanded playoffs could work in their favor to make this possible.

After week-10, the Lions are now (4-5) on the year, beating the Cardinals, Jaguars, Falcons, and the Washington Football Team. The win against Washington was not great, because it almost ended with a late 4th-quarter comeback. The Lions were up 24-3 to start the 4th-quarter, but gave up three touchdowns and a field goal toward the end of regulation. Luckily, the Lions own two of the most clutch players in football, Matt Prater and Matthew Stafford. Stafford drove the ball to the 49-yard-line with 16-seconds left, which led to a 59-yard field goal by Prater for a Lions win!

Do the Lions actually have what it takes to make the playoffs?

YES! This team has the players it needs to make a playoff push with guys like Reggie Ragland, Jamie Collins, Duron Harmon, Desmond Trufant, Everson Griffen, Matthew Stafford and Kenny Golladay. This team has shown they have what it takes to be a great football team, but it comes down to the coaching. The NFC North is a very winnable division for the Lions, as long as the coaching staff and players can all get on the same page. With the Bears struggling offense and a very young, inexperienced Vikings team, the mix of veterans and young talent in Detroit can really push for a division win and a playoff appearance.

The Lions’ coaching staff has not been good. How else do they allow big plays on defense while only having 10 players on the field at a time? This may have never have even been fixed if Harmon and Ragland didn’t say anything. Once it was corrected, the defense held up better in the Washington game.

But if the defense was so much better, how come they almost came back?

The offense! Bevell is trying to run conservative plays, but that is not the style of offense that the Lions have. With the fast-pace, up-tempo players on this roster, playing conservative is hurting the Lions playoff push in a big way. Case-in-point, anyone who watched last weekend’s game would have seen scores when Stafford was taking shots. Take the 50+-yard bomb to Marvin Hall that led to a touchdown for instance. Stafford taking shots is what he does best and it keeps the momentum on his side of the ball. Let him Air It Out!

If Bevell, Undlin, and Patricia can get on the same page, they could have an offense that compliments the defense and this Lions team would be a force to be reckoned with.

What does the NFC North look like and what does that mean for a Lions playoff push?

Right now in the NFC North, the Green Bay Packers are running away with the the division with a record of (7-2). The Lions are currently only one game back from 2nd in the division, with the Bears losing their last three and having their next three games against the other teams in the Division. The Lions have the easier schedule, playing the Panthers this week without RB Christian McCaffrey and QB Teddy Bridgewater being questionable. That game is very winnable for Detroit. Then they have the Thanksgiving game against the struggling Houston Texans who fired their head coach earlier this season. If the Lions win both and the Bears continue their skid, the Lions will be hunting for a playoff spot.

Conclusion.

The Lions still have a lot of questions and some injuries keeping key players out. Kenny Golladay, Trey Flowers, and Julian Okwara stillĀ  have time to return, but this coaching staff has to make better decisions to keep the team competitive.

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