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NFC Playoff Picture, Week 13: Packers can’t gain ground on Lions in NFC North

NFC Playoff Picture, Week 13: Packers can’t gain ground on Lions in NFC North

Green Bay could only keep pace with the division leaders on Sunday, but help could be on the way in the next few weeks. On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Houston Texans, leaving both teams with equal 6-6 records on the season. Houston fell into a tie with the Tennessee Titans for the lead in the AFC South, while the Packers climbed into a tie with the Minnesota Vikings for second place in the NFC North. However, while the Packers picked up a game in the Wild Card standings thanks to Washington’s loss, they were unable to gain any ground in the division, as the Detroit Lions...
Lions Gab Dec 4, 2016

No Comeback Needed; Lions Beat Up Saints 28-13 in New Orleans

Matthew Stafford passed for 341 yards and two touchdowns, and the Lions beat the mistake-prone Saints, 28-13 on Sunday. Golden Tate exploited a coverage breakdown on third-and-long for a 66-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter when Detroit (8-4) was clinging to a six-point lead. The Lions, who’ve won seven of eight, dominated statistically, but […]
Lions Gab Nov 24, 2016

Late Turnover Helps Lions Overcome Vikings 16-13 in Thanksgiving Thriller

In a wild Thanksgiving affair marked by defense, the Detroit Lions once again came from behind after trailing in the fourth quarter, topping the Minnesota Vikings 16-13. Darius Slay picked off Vikings QB Sam Bradford in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter, and Matt Prater nailed a 40-yard field goal at the buzzer to […]

NFC playoff picture: Cowboys, Lions help the Giants

Let’s look at where things stand in the playoff race Like the fact that it looks like the Dallas Cowboys are going to roll to the NFC East title or not, the results of the two Thanksgiving Day games offered, in my view, the best-case scenario for the Giants. Even had the Dallas Cowboys not beaten the Washington Redskins Thursday, they were going to be difficult to catch in the division. The Cowboys are 10-1 now after their 31-25 victory over the Washington Redskins. Now? Virtually impossible. The win by Dallas, combined with the Detroit Lions’ 16-13 victory over the Minnesota Vikings,...
Field Gulls Nov 24, 2016

Lions have strong grip on NFC North lead with 5th win in last 6 games

The Seattle Seahawks don’t play the Detroit Lions in the regular season, but a date in January could be imminent. The Lions beat the Minnesota Vikings 16-13 on Thursday on a Matt Prater field goal after Darius Slay picked off Sam Bradford with under a minute to go in a tie game. The win puts Detroit at 7-4 with two wins over the 6-5 Vikings. For Minnesota to have a shot at the division now, they’ll have to probably win their last five games and then hope the Lions stumble; the Vikings would need to be two games better than Detroit over the final five games in order to get into the...
Daily Norseman Nov 24, 2016

Detroit Lions 16, Minnesota Vikings 13

On Thanksgiving Day, the Minnesota Vikings had an opportunity to take over first place in the NFC North. They ended the day the same way their first meeting with the Detroit Lions ended. Sam Bradford threw a backbreaking interception to Darius Slay with under a minute to play, and Matt Prater's 40-yard field goal gave the Detroit Lions a 16-13 victory over the Vikings. The Lions got on the board first, courtesy of a 2-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Anquan Boldin, a score that capped a 12-play, 75-yard drive. Minnesota answered with a 12-play, 75-yard drive of their own that...

Vikings vs. Lions, Thanksgiving: Game time, TV schedule, announcers, odds, more

Thanksgiving gets going with huge NFC North matchup. We break down the Vikings-Lions game and what it means for the playoff picture. Good morning and happy Thanksgiving! The NFL gets the day of football going with a pretty big NFC North matchup. The Detroit Lions host the Minnesota Vikings in a matchup for November NFC North supremacy. Kickoff is set for 9:30 a.m. on CBS, with Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, and Tracy Wolfson on the call. The Lions and Vikings are each 6-4, and sit two games ahead of the Green Bay Packers, with the Chicago Bears bringing up the rear in the NFC North. The winner of...
Revenge Of The Birds Nov 24, 2016

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day Open Thread

Talk about the Vikings and Lions matchup while you enjoy the start to your day. Thanksgiving Day is about a multitude of things for many, many people. For the NFC North today, it is about taking control within the division. That happens early today. Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions (-2) 10:30am Mountain Standard Time TV: CBS The Vikings are coming off a fantastic win over the Arizona Cardinals where their defense and special teams really found their groove. Meanwhile, the division leading Detroit Lions, the number three seed in the NFC, are just finding a different way to...
Big Blue View Nov 24, 2016

NFL picks against the point spread, Week 12

Let’s look into the Thanksgiving Week crystal ball Minnesota Vikings (+1) at Detroit Lions The Minnesota Vikings aren’t all the way back, but their defense is getting healthy again, which was a big problem in their losing streak. Stephon Diggs will be out though which will impact their offense. I think on the whole it’s better for the Lions to win the division than the Vikings (since the Vikings will have the tie-breaker for the wildcard over the Giants for two teams). I just don’t think they have enough, plus the Lions despite how bad they are usually how up on Thanksgiving, but...
Big Blue View Nov 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Day football games: Vikings-Lions, Cowboys-Redskins matter to Giants

Plenty of meaningful NFL action set for Turkey Day Thanksgiving is upon us! Today is a day of family, feasting and of course, football. Even though the New York Giants are not playing, there are a couple of important games that could impact their playoff standing. Minnesota Vikings (6-4) vs. Detroit Lions (6-4), 12:30 p.m. EST, CBS Who predicted before the season that the Thanksgiving Day game between the Vikings and Lions would determine who would have sole possession of first place in the NFC North? With the demise of the Green Bay Packers dominance of the division, it is now in the...
Lions Gab Nov 16, 2016

Lions Ink Gunner Don Carey to a One-Year Deal

Two months after signing Sam Martin to a four-year contract extension, the Lions inked gunner Don Carey to a one-year extension this week, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. The deal, which includes a $375,000 signing bonus and $975,000 base salary, will keep Carey in Detroit through at least the 2017 season. Under […]
Pride Of Detroit Nov 15, 2016

Tuesday open thread: Should the Lions pay Stafford $25 million per year?

Is Matthew Stafford worth it? In Monday’s notes, we noted that CBS is reporting Matthew Stafford is seeking $25 million per year when he signs a new contract. With most people expecting the Detroit Lions to start negotiations in the upcoming offseason, we may see that payday come to fruition sooner rather than later. Monday there was a ton of discussion on Stafford contract, but I would love to see the poll results of the question for all Lions fans: Would you be okay with the Detroit Lions paying Matthew Stafford an average of $25 million per year in his next contract? My answer: Yes, no...
Pride Of Detroit Nov 14, 2016

‘Monday Night Football’ open thread: Bengals at Giants

Come watch Monday night’s matchup between the Bengals and Giants. It’s hard to say goodbye to Week 10. You’ve been good to us, Week 10. You’ve given us missed extra point after missed extra point. You’ve given us two classic games in Cowboys-Steelers and Patriots-Seahawks. But most importantly of all, you’ve turned the second-place, 5-4 Detroit Detroit Lions into the DIVISION-LEADING, 5-4 Detroit Lions. However, Week 10 still had one more trick up its sleeve. The Cincinnati Bengals will face off against the New York Giants in a huge game for both teams. The Bengals are...

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