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NFL playoff picture: Who to root for in Week 17 if you are a Detroit Lions fan

Week 17 is here and the Detroit Lions are on the outside looking in at the playoff standings. Who should Lions’ fans root for to help their chances?

Detroit Lions v Carolina Panthers Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images

Results update: The Seahawks downed the Jets in a 23-6 victory on Sunday. If you’re a Lions fans, you are hardcore rooting for Baker Mayfield and the Rams to take down Seattle in Week 18.

Results update: The Lions beat the Bears 41-10. They’ve moved into the final wild card berth with the Commanders loss to the Browns. Detroit now needs to beat Green Bay in Week 18.

The Detroit Lions head into Week 17 at 7-8 and still in the hunt for a coveted playoffs spot. In a complicated NFC playoff picture, the Lions have a lot of different scenarios ahead of them that could get them into a Wild Card spot. The Lions don’t necessarily need to win out, but they will need at least one victory against either the Packers or the Bears in the final two weeks of the season.

If you are a Lions fan, you’ll have a few games you’ll be paying attention to as they look to improve their chances of a playoff berth.

Commanders vs. Browns

Results update: The Browns beat the Commanders, 24-10. That was critical for the Lions chances.

The Lions need the Commanders to lose a game in nearly every scenario that would get them to the playoffs. At 7-7-1, Washington has the advantage over Detroit right now. The Commanders are 2.5-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Seahawks vs. Jets

Lions fans will be looking for the Seahawks to lose at least one game, if not two, in the coming weeks. At 7-8, Seattle sits just ahead of Detroit in the NFC rankings ahead of Week 17. The Jets are two-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Giants vs. Colts

Results update: The Giants beat the Colts, 38-10. They clinched a playoff berth, but the Commanders loss was a bigger deal for the Lions.

The Giants losing out, combined with Washington or Seattle losing a game and the Lions winning out, would put Detroit in the playoff. The Giants are 5.5-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook.