First and foremost winning will keep their playoff hopes alive. The Lions sit in third place in the NFC North behind the Green Bay Packers. A win today coupled with a Packers loss will allow them to live another Sunday and allow fans to dream of a playoff win for one more weekend.
Secondly, a win would turn the heat down on Jim Schwartz’s hot seat a couple of notches. After last weeks loss to the Ravens, talk radio hosts and sports bloggers have been calling for his job and reliving every mistake from the season.
Lastly, a win against the Giants would bolster the confidence of Lions players after the Ravens ripped their heart out in front of a National audience on Monday Night Football.
Playing Through Injury
The Lions are a bit banged up but injuries that would normally keep players out of the line-up are not going to prevent players from playing in this survival game this week. That said there are two players that probably will not see the field on Sunday against New York. Brandon Pettigrew has been ruled out and Darius Slay is listed as doubtful.
See Related: Detroit Lions Injury Report
Planets Are Aligning
There are a few things going th Lions way right now. On Thursday, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz was ruled out after undergoing surgery. On Friday, Green Bay officially announced the Aaron Rodgers would not play against the Steelers. That could be a key injury in a game that means just as much for the Lions as it does for the Packers.
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