The Lions currently hold the tie-breaker against the Bears, by merit of a Week 4 win at Ford Field. It makes Sunday’s matchup huge for both teams. The Lions can put themselves in the driver’s seat with a win; the Bears need one to take back the tie breaker.
For the Lions, they would appear to have the easiest path, with only two games remaining against teams with winning records – this Sunday’s trip to Soldier Field and a Thanksgiving visit by the Packers. Besides that, they play the winless Bucs and a pair of 2-6 teams. Their opponents’ winning percentage is a meager .320. Besides a relatively easy schedule, they are the healthiest of the big three.
Things look pretty grim for the Packers, who are expected to be without starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the next 4-6 weeks. Please hold back your tears. They haven’t had a major quarterback injury in a couple of decades. They have three games against teams with winning records – the Lions, the Cowboys and the season finale against the Bears. Although they face a .38 winning percentage overall, their three hardest games - all against teams with winning records – are all on the road. That makes their toughest games a little tougher.
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