The Detroit Lions could be in the midst of one of the only winless seasons in NFL history…or they could be in the playoffs? Yep…you read that correctly, the Detroit Lions still have a shot to make the 2021 NFL playoffs. The only thing standing in their way is 45 different game results that need to come true.
Wow. Just in week 13, the Lions need to beat the Minnesota Vikings, the Miami Dolphins to beat the New York Giants, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to beat the Atlanta Falcons, the New York Jets to beat the Philadelphia Eagles, the Arizona Cardinals to beat the Chicago Bears, the Las Vegas Raiders to beat Washington Football Team, and the Seattle Seahawks to beat the SanFrancisco 49ers.
After that, it gets really interesting.
In Week 14, Detroit would need to beat the Denver Broncos, have the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Vikings, have the Dallas Cowboys beat Washington, see the Houston Texans beat the Seahawks, the Jets beat the New Orleans Saints, the Falcons beat the Carolina Panthers, the Los Angeles Chargers beat the Giants, the Cincinnati Bengals beat the 49ers and the Green Bay Packers to beat Chicago Bears.
In Week 15, they would need to beat the Cardinals, see the Eagles beat Washington, see the Cowboys beat the Giants, have the Buffalo Bills beat the Panthers, the Falcons beat the 49ers, the Rams beat the Seahawks, the Buccaneers beat the Saints, and then the Bears beat the Vikings.
In Week 16, the Lions need to beat the Falcons, have the Rams beat the Vikings, see the Giants beat Eagles, the Buccaneers beat the Panthers, the Cowboys beat Washington, the Seahawks beat the Bears, the Miami Dolphins beat the Saints, and the Tennessee Titans to beat the 49ers.
In Week 17, the Lions need to beat the Seahawks, have the Saints beat the Panthers, the Bears beat Giants, Washington beat the Eagles, Packers beat the Vikings and the Texans beat the 49ers.
And Finally…in Week 18, the Lions need to beat the Packers, have the Falcons beat the Saints, see the Giants beat Washington, the Cowboys beat the Eagles, the Vikings beat the Bears, and the Rams to beat the 49ers.
Yeah…that’s not happening. It is hard enough to hit a three-game parlay when it comes to NFL betting and the Lions need to hit a 45-gamer. The Lions have a much better shot at finishing the season 0-16-1 than they do at making the playoffs and that is just the straight facts. At least the Lions managed to get a tie with the Steelers earlier this year or else they could have been the first team to ever lose 17 games in a season.
The current NFL record for losses on one season is held by the Lions and the Cleveland Browns, who both managed an 0-16 season. The NFL expanded to 17 games for the first time in 2021, making the 17-loss season possible for the first time. originally NFL teams only played 11 games before expanding to 12, 14, and eventually landing on 16 games before the 1978 season.