Ready for a hypocritical statement? I’m glad the Lions got a bye week before they play the Bears at Soldier Field Sunday.
Why is that hypocritical? Because I don’t think NFL teams should be allowed to have their bye weeks before playing divisional rivals.
Divisional games are just too important.
A divisional game isn’t just an opportunity get a win; it’s not just an opportunity to hand a divisional rival a loss. On top of being both those things, divisional games carry hugely important tie-breaking weight for teams to get into the playoffs.
If a division is tied, head-to-head games and divisional records are the first things looked at to break that tie. If a Wild Card spot is tied for by divisional foes, same tie-breaking rules apply. It will even affect a Wild Card tie if the teams aren’t in the same division by being a conference game and could easily make the difference.
You can see the full tie-breaking procedures here.
Coming off a bye week is a big advantage.
Some might argue ...