The Wild Card race is heating up in both conferences. This Sunday, we’re lucky enough to get a cross-conference match-up that will determine the fate of a couple of teams competing for the last wild card spot.
The New York Jets and the Detroit Lions face off this Sunday, December 18, at noon. The game will be played at MetLife Stadium. The hometown Jets are favored by one point, and the game has a total of 44.5 points.
New York Jets: Fighting For The Playoffs
The Jets have been a bit of a surprise team this year. Driven by their young defense and the promise of a couple of offensive stars, the Jets are hoping that this will be the year that they end their 11-year playoff drought.
The Jets’ loss to the Bills this past weekend affects that. After the Chargers beat the Dolphins on Sunday night, they pushed the Jets out of the playoff picture. Though the Chargers and Jets have the same identical records, the Chargers would play in the playoffs because of their advantage in the conference record tiebreaker.
The quarterback spot has been a point of contention for the team. The Jets started the year with 2nd year quarterback Zach Wilson. Wilson is 5-2 as a starter this year, but was benched on November 23rd. Mike White has been the starter since then.
Coach Robert Saleh is on record that he believes that Wilson is still the future of the franchise, but that White gives the team the best chance to win now, and break their long running playoff drought.
Detroit Lions: They’re On Fire, But Need Some Help For the Playoffs
The Hard Knocks vibes are showing up in Detroit. Dan Campbell’s bravado and intensity appear on the field. The Detroit Lions have won five of their last 6 games.
The Lions also own the tiebreaker in the Wild Card against the New York Giants and the Washington Commanders. However, they’ll need some help to get to the playoffs.
Because the Commanders and Giants tied on December 4th, the Lions will need to finish with more wins than both the Commanders and Giants in order to vault them in the standings.
The Lions also have a disadvantage against the Seattle Seahawks, who beat them 48-45 earlier this year. Luckily, the Seahawks have a really difficult schedule the rest of the way. The Seahawks host the 49ers at home, followed by the Chiefs, Jets, and Rams to close the season.
In short, it looks like the Lions will need to win out the rest of the games on their schedule in order to give themselves the best shot of making the playoffs.
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