Ten weeks through the season, who could have guessed that the Los Angeles Rams would have a higher draft position (8) than the Detroit Lions (11)? Unless you drank some spiked kool-aid, almost everyone would have found this impossible.
After their latest win, the Lions have now tied their 2021 win total and earned their first road victory under Dan Campbell. That being said, the team has only won 25% of their games and has put some pretty pathetic film on display.
Despite a 3-6 record, their come from behind victory against Chicago surprisingly puts the Lions just 2 games out of the final wildcard spot.
A weak NFC has opened the door for teams at the bottom of the league to compete for a playoff spot. As it stands, the 5-4 49ers hold the 7th playoff spot, and with a relatively easy schedule, the Lions still have hope for their first postseason appearance in 6 years.
With 8 games left, the Lions play the Jaguars (3-7), the Bears (3-7), the Panthers (3-7), and the Packers (4-6). The Detroit Lions are not a team ready to compete, but a favorable schedule and some considerable luck against tougher opponents could lead to their first playoff game since 2016.
Is it likely that this will happen? The sure answer is no. But Lions fans have to have a certain level of optimism if they ever hope to enjoy Sundays.