Detroit Lions: 5 Changes That Need to Be Made Before Playoff Time

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Detroit Lions: 5 Changes That Need to Be Made Before Playoff Time
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As we can see by the picture, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz has some major thinking and consternating to do.

The Lions pulled off yet another impressive win yesterday in Oakland, capped by a 98-yard drive in just under two minutes that led to the game-winning touchdown. Unfortunately it also led to a near heart attack-inducing field goal which, had it not been blocked by Ndamukong Suh, would have been the NFL's all-time longest field goal at 65 yards.

Yesterday's win, however great it was, left more questions than answers. The most pressing question is what is this Lions team? Are they the tough, blue-collar, stop-at-nothing-til-the-job-is-done team that Schwartz is trying to mold them into? Possibly.

Are they the "yes, we're winning but we have a lot of holes to fill" team that can barely escape by the skin of their teeth? Oh, big time.

Are they the Detroit Lions of the 1990s? I am definitely seeing some signs that a comparison could be made.

Long story short though, one more win and the Lions are in the playoffs for the first time since 1999. It won't be easy getting there. They have a banged-up secondary, an average—and some would even argue below-average—offensive line, a great quarterback, less than nothing at running back, and a defensive tackle who as Freud would say, "Well, he has issues".

All of these put together make up an amoeba of a football team. Schwartz has five changes to make before playoff time if they want to secure a spot in the NFC Wild Card.

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