The Detroit Lions’ 3 game winning streak propels them to 2nd place in the NFC North


    The Lions are currently 4-6 following a dominant victory over the New York Giants. Surpassing their win total from the previous year when they went 3-13-1. While it is still a losing record, they were once 1-6 before their win streak, so this was a streak that they desperately needed. Combined with the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers losses, (the Lions have beaten both to make up 2 of their 4 wins) the Lions are now in 2nd place in the NFC North, only behind the Minnesota Vikings, who are 8-2 following a 40-3 blowout loss to the Dallas Cowboys. This is also the first time since November 2017 that the Lions sit on a 3 game winning streak, when they finished with a 9-7 record.

    How were they able to do it? you might ask yourself.

    The Lions defense has greatly improved since their last loss to the Miami Dolphins, and even during the Bears game when they gave up 30 points, the offense came in the clutch to score the game winning touchdown. With Amon-Ra St. Brown and D’Andre Swift returning from injury, the offense which struggled without them starting, has returned to its start of the season form.

    But this isn’t even the peak of the Lions offense, as Dan Campbell said in a press conference that 1st round draft pick Jameson Williams will soon be ready to start, likely after the Thanksgiving game.

    Aidan Hutchinson has played out of his mind during this streak. Blockers don’t have a chance to stop him and every quarterback in the league should be afraid of him. He also has 2 interceptions, one of them against Aaron Rodgers. By the way, did I mention that he plays on the defensive line?

    Kerby Joseph had a breakout game against the Packers where he also picked off Aaron Rodgers two times en route to their greatest defensive performance all season in a 15-9 win against the Packers.

    Jamaal Williams has established himself as the greatest running back in the division. His 12 rushing touchdowns is leading the entire league. He is on pace on having his greatest in his career across both the Lions, and his former team, the Packers.

    Should we expect the Lions to go to the playoffs? I would say probably not, for the team is still developing. However, it seems like the team is finding an identity for itself. Though the playoffs don’t seem too out of reach for the Lions next season. The 1st round pick the organization received from the Rams after the Stafford trade is currently higher than its own 1st round pick. The Lions can continue to get more young talent from the draft with all of the successful management decisions from general manager Brad Holmes.

    The Lions will now move on to play the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field on Thanksgiving.