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While the Detroit Lions' NFC North title goals took a huge hit in their 30-23 Thanksgiving Day loss to the Minnesota Vikings, their wild-card hopes are still alive.

The Baltimore Ravens are in a similar spot, trailing in their division but in the thick of things for an AFC wild-card bid.

 

For Detroit's game this Sunday at Baltimore (1 p.m., Fox), the Lions (6-5) opened as three-point underdogs, according to VegasInsider.com.

The Ravens take a 5-5 record into tonight's home game against the Houston Texans (4-6) on Monday Night Football.

 

With Thursday's loss to Minnesota, the Lions fell three games behind the first-place Vikings and settled for a season split with them. The Lions are currently positioned for a wild-card spot, though things didn't really fall their way with Sunday's outcomes.

The Lions will need to finish strong down the stretch to hold that playoff spot.

The Ravens lead the all-time series against the Lions, 3-1, including a 2-0 record over Detroit in Baltimore.

These teams last met Dec. 16, 2013, when the Ravens beat the Lions, 18-16, at Ford Field on Justin Tucker's 61-yard field goal in the final minute.

https://articles.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2017/11/detroit_lions_open_as_3-point.amp

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I see this as a low scoring close fought loss unfortunately.  I think turn overs are going to kill the momentum for both teams while they are driving and neither team will capitalize on them.  13-9

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Ravens have the second best scoring defense in the league. Stafford needs to be better than he was last week.

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The injured Reserve list for the Ravens is pretty thick

Reserve/Injured

# Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Age Exp. College
35 Boykin, Brandon CB 5-10 173 27 6 Georgia
53 Bradley, Bam ILB 5-11 237 23 R Pittsburgh
30 Dixon, Kenneth RB 5-10 212 23 2 Louisiana Tech
80 Gillmore, Crockett TE 6-6 260 26 4 Colorado State
60 Kublanow, Brandon C 6-2 302 22 R Georgia
72 Lewis, Alex G/T 6-6 315 25 2 Nebraska
50 McClellan, Albert LB 6-2 250 31 7 Marshall
67 Nembot, Stephane T 6-6 320 25 2 Colorado
65 Siragusa, Nico G 6-4 320 23 R San Diego State
96 Urban, Brent DE 6-7 300 26 4 Virginia
6 White, Tim WR 5-10 175 23 R Arizona State
73 Yanda, Marshal G/T 6-3 305 33 11 Iowa
25 Young, Tavon CB 5-9 177 23 2

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The Ravens are in one of the wild card slots in the AFC at 6-5 with plenty of reasons to play.  This has loss written all over it.  Ravens 26, Lions 10.

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This will likely be the end of the season.  Not that Baltimore is that good, but this just has the feel of a double digit loss.  They haven't played well since the Green Bay game, don't see this week being any different.

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I wish they would give Tion Green a try. Abdullah has done next to nothing. He does not have the same burst since the linsfranc injury. 

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4 hours ago, NYLion said:

This will likely be the end of the season.  Not that Baltimore is that good, but this just has the feel of a double digit loss.  They haven't played well since the Green Bay game, don't see this week being any different.

As much as it would suck to lose this game a week after the thanksgiving game that would have given us real hope for the division had we won, they can still just win the last four and put themselves in a good position to make it as a wild card. 

 

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At the very least, if the lions lose this one and then win the next four to finish 10-6 and make the playoffs (75% chance if this happens), they won’t be accused of “backing in.”

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1 hour ago, Mr. Bigglesworth said:

No, they will be accused of not beating anyone good.

That’s true. But at least they won’t have lost to anyone bad.

so far we have one good win and five good losses right? Carolina, Atlanta, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and Minnesota. 

Add a loss to the ravens.

Looks an awful lot like a resume of a second wild card. 

Good chance that at the end of the year the lions will have one win against a team with a winning record and no losses to a team with a losing record. Mediocre team is mediocre. 

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Eli Manning has been benched. Not too shocking but he was benched in favor of Geno Smith. Things can be worse than what we have with the Lions. 


Imagine how much more tolerable all those horrendous Lions years would have been with two recent Super Bowl wins.

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Eli Manning has been benched. Not too shocking but he was benched in favor of Geno Smith. Things can be worse than what we have with the Lions. 

He gone.

What is the trade value of a 2x Super Bowl champion QB?

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1 hour ago, Jason_R said:


He gone.

What is the trade value of a 2x Super Bowl champion QB?

Not much. But realize pretty much all of his WR are hurt this year, as was the RB. I believe Eli can be decent still in right situation. A team like the Broncos, Texans, or Cardinals  could use him badly. There are teams starting a lot worse than Eli. Eli would be perfect stop gap for a team.

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PFF now has Ebron rated a 71. That's #21 at TE. 70 is considered the minimum to be a player you're comfortable starting, particularly long term. We all know PFF isn't everything and all that jazz, but they have historically been very unkind to him. Traditional stats wise, he has gone 15/215/1 since the bye, which is 48 for around 650 with 3 TDs over a full season. He caught 62.5 percent of his passes at 8.96 yards per attempt

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2 hours ago, Mr. Bigglesworth said:

Eli has been, and is, and over-rated QB who went from being meh to horrible.

But good god he's still better than Geno

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18 hours ago, MAROTH4MVP said:

I wish they would give Tion Green a try. Abdullah has done next to nothing. He does not have the same burst since the linsfranc injury. 

Might as well

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