After a tough loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the Detroit Lions find themselves one game under .500 and on the outside looking in on the NFC playoff race. With seven games left they still have a chance, but it's a very slim one.
After the success of last season, the Lions have to be disappointed with their performance thus far. Despite leading the league in passing—307 yards per game—their offense has been slow to start in all but one game. That's a recipe for disaster and it shows in their 4-5 record.
If the Lions have any hope of turning their season around and making the playoffs, their offense has to start clicking early on.
Even if they do that, the schedule doesn't get any easier going forward. Five out of the next seven games are in the friendly confines of Ford Field, but competition is stiff. They'll face six teams with winning records, including two games against Green Bay and one against Chicago, Atlanta and Houston.
They've dug themselves a hole, but the Lions have the talent to make a run.
These are their odds of making the playoffs, seed by seed.
* Statistical information courtesy of ESPN