Goodbye playoffs

The Lions gave away another fourth quarter lead and lost to the Packers 24-20 at Ford Field.  This put the Lions at 4-6 overall and 0-4 in the division to basically end their playoff hopes as they would most likely have to win out to even have a chance at the playoffs.

Next up for the Lions is the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving.  Houston is one of, if not thee, best team in the AFC, followed by hosting the Colts the next Sunday.  Indianapolis has been one of the more amazing stories this season behind rookie Andrew Luck and the inspiration of head coach Chuck Pagano who is currently battling Leukemia.

Detroit then heads on the road to face the Packers and to Arizona to face the Cardinals.  I don’t like the Lions chances in December at Lambeau Field and the Packers should be healthy again by then.  Arizona is an equally flawed team so that one should be a toss-up.

Finally at home the Lions face the Falcons before ending the season with the Bears.  These teams may have playoff hopes all locked up by this time, or will need the victories in order to lock up home field advantage.

Overall the only seemingly winnable game is in Arizona, but the Cardinals have been hot and cold all season so who knows how that one will end.  All I know is it’s time to see what we have in Riley Reiff, especially because coach Jim Schwartz described Jeff Backus’s hamstring injury will put his consecutive game streak in danger.

This team had high expectations after a playoff berth last season, but it seems the offense covered numerous holes on the defense.  Hopefully this offseason the team will look at the lack of talent in the secondary and try to correct those holes and more on the defensive side of the ball.

So what do you think fans, does this team still have a chance at the playoffs or did this loss put the final nail in the coffin for the Lions playoff hopes?  Let us know at @DSBloggers on Twitter or on Facebook or in the comments below to tell us what you, the fans, think

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