Wisconsin and Illinois were celebrating last night as they watched the Detroit Lions collapse on national television. With their loss to the Ravens, the Lions fell from first place to third place in the NFC North, allowing Green Bay and Chicago to control their own destinies. Having lost four of their last five games, the Lions now sit on the outside of the playoff picture looking in.
If the Lions miss the playoffs, then it is time for Jim Schwartz to be fired.
The Lions have a former number 1 pick in the draft (Stafford) and three number 2 picks (Johnson, Bush Suh). Furthermore, the Bears and the Packers, their only competition for the division, have been playing backup quarterbacks for the past month. Everything had lined up for them to finally win the NFC North. However, Jim Schwartz can't seem to get his team together.
The Lions appear to lack focus and discipline at times. Calvin Johnson dropped some easy catches last night, and Stafford had three interceptions. They have the talent, but they don't have the poise. It is looking like Lions fans will have to wait another year for a division title.