Originally written on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Last week: 20 (+4) Record: 4-4 With the NFC East struggling lately outside of the Giants and the NFC West struggling lately outside of San Francisco and Seattle (who the Lions beat), the Lions are suddenly right back in the thick of things after a disappointing 1-3 start. I think they rank firmly ahead of Philadelphia, Dallas, Minnesota, Arizona, St. Louis, and Washington right now and will be battling the Bears/Packers, Seahawks, and the upstart Buccaneers for the NFC’s 2 wild cards. The schedule won’t be easy, starting with a key game against a struggling and banged up but still 5-4 Minnesota this week in Minneapolis, a team that beat the Lions in Detroit earlier this season. That game could easily have playoff implications. They also face Green Bay twice, Chicago, Houston, and Atlanta and host the Colts in a game that won’t be easy either. Studs RB Joique Bell: Rushed for 73 yards (33 after contact) and a touchdown on 13 attempts, 2 broken tackles, caught 3 passes for 36 yards on...
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