Lions Schedule Doesn't Look So Daunting

Injuries and the schedule notwithstanding, the facts are that nowadays, parity reigns in the NFL. Only the Philadelphia Eagles appear to have separated themselves from the pack. The Lions are in among a group of teams that will play meaningful games in December.

(ALLEN PARK) - What once looked like a "murderer's row" end of the season schedule for the Lions, now looks like a relative cakewalk.

While injuries to players like Dre' Bly, Boss Bailey, Charles Rogers and Roy Williams have affected the Lions this season, their upcoming opponents have fared just as badly, if not worse, than Detroit.

Detroit faces the badly fading Washington Redskins on Sunday. The Redskins are in the midst of a quarterback controversy featuring veteran quarterback Mark Brunell, who hasn't gotten the job done and cries for backup Patrick Ramsey are growing louder.

The Jacksonville Jaguars got the bad news that franchise quaterback Byron Leftwich would be out for 4-to-6 weeks with a torn ligament in his right knee. That means he will be unavailable for duty when the Lions travel to Jacksonville next week Sunday.

Detroit next opponent, the Minnesota Vikings, are struggling without perennial pro bowl receiver Randy Moss, who is still suffering the effects of a pulled hamstring muscle. Head coach Mike Tice admits that the Vikings may have to shut Moss down in an effort to get him ready for the stretch run.

Detroit's Thanksgiving Day opponent, the Indianapolis Colts, have had some poor defensive showings lately and a very public on-the-field falling out between quarterback Peyton Manning and receiver Reggie Wayne. The Colts appear more vulnerable than they have in the past.

Who doesn't love a home date against the Arizona Cardinals? While Dennis Green has them playing better than in the past, they are hardly fit anyone's idea of a scary road team.

While going to Green Bay in December is a scary thought, facing the Chicago Bears with former Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel at the helm looks like a cupcake.

A season ending tilt against the Tennessee Titans on the road could give the Lions a playoff berth. Who knows if oft-injured quarterback Steve McNair will be available or not?

Injuries and the schedule notwithstanding, the facts are that nowadays, parity reigns in the NFL. Only the Philadelphia Eagles appear to have separated themselves from the pack. The Lions are in among a group of teams that will play meaningful games in December.

Detroit could even get linebacker Boss Bailey back in November making a good defense even tougher. The Lions could sneak in and get some invaluable playoff experience a year earlier than most (myself included) expected.

That could go a long way towards making 2005-'06 a Super season.

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