In partnership with the NFL in the UK


Detroit Lions' Jim Caldwell believes his side can still make the playoffs this season

Published 1 Comments

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell has said during a recent interview his side still has a chance of making the playoffs this season.

Currently on a 1-6 record, the Lions play against the Kansas City Chiefs, who are sitting on a 2-5 record, at Wembley Stadium in London this weekend in a game that could make or break one another's seasons. You wouldn't be wrong in thinking one of these head coaches could be fired if they lose this weekend.

Despite the competitiveness of the NFC North in the past and the pressure he is under, Caldwell has said in a recent interview, according to Pro Football Talk, that he believes his side can get out of their recent slump and sneak into the playoffs this year.


Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article:

Article continues below

He said: “It certainly is possible. It’s been done before.”

Theoretically possible, yes. Practically possible? A big fat no.

Article continues below

He's right, it has been done before, back in 1970 and not a single year since. The Cincinnati Bengals turned around a 1-6 record to 8-6 after winning their final seven games of the season, winning the AFC Central in the process.

Caldwell needs to take his ambitious hat off and put his realistic cap on because he has more chances of losing his job and the Lions picking number one overall in the draft next year than the NFC North team making the playoffs.

The Green Bay Packers are currently undefeated,  the Minnesota Vikings are playing well and no one is noticing, so in a highly competitive NFC conference, how are the Lions going to achieve a wildcard spot?

Caldwell needs to realise he isn't coaching for a spot in the playoffs, he's coaching with his job on the line. Being overly ambitious when your team isn't up to the standard form wise is only going to end in disappointment. 

They need to play one game at a time and maybe if they win five in a row, they could possibly sneak in the playoffs. But right now, that just sounds like a ridiculous call by the head coach.

Do you think the Detroit Lions can still make the playoffs this season? Have your say and leave a comment below...

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Detroit Lions

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - NFL Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again