Why Matt Forte, Jay Cutler Injuries Mean Detroit Lions Are Still in Playoff Hunt

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Why Matt Forte, Jay Cutler Injuries Mean Detroit Lions Are Still in Playoff Hunt
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Detroit Lions fans have watched the NFL playoff picture develop over the last 10 years with only passing interest. However, injuries to Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte and quarterback Jay Cutler have pried open a quickly closing window of opportunity for the Lions.

Detroit has made a living by returning from the dead, setting a record for comebacks in the first 10 games of the season. Wins were stolen from the Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys despite being down by 17 or more points. 

The victory over Dallas will probably lose its value as a head-to-head tiebreaker. The benefit to the conference record could very well be a factor in determining the Wild Card spots.

Although, so long as the Lions take care of business, they should be the only team vying for the final Wild Card that has double-digit victories.

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