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NFL playoff picture: What does Vikings-Lions mean for NFC standings

The Vikings face the Lions in Detroit on Sunday. We break down what the game means for the NFL playoff picture.

Head coach Dan Campbell of the Detroit Lions shakes hands with head coach Kevin O’Connell of the Minnesota Vikings on the field after the game at Ford Field on December 11, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions host the Minnesota Vikings in a Week 18 matchup that means everything to the Vikings and a little less for the Lions. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. ET and the Lions are a field goal favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Vikings playoff picture

The Vikings enter Sunday’s game with a 7-9 record and sitting in tenth place in the NFC playoff standings. They’re a long-shot to make the playoffs with those odds sitting at +2500. But thy have a chance. Minnesota can reach the playoffs if they win, the Packers lose to the Bears, the Seahawks lose to the Cardinals, and either the Bucs lose to the Panthers or the Saints lose to the Falcons.

Lions playoff picture

Detroit has secured the NFC North and the accompanying first round home game. They cannot win claim the No. 1 seed, but they could still move up from No. 3 to No. 2. They are tied with the Cowboys, but Dallas has the head-to-head tiebreaker. Detroit would move into the No. 2 seed with a Cowboys loss and depending on the common games tiebreaker with the Eagles if they win.

Tiebreaker implications

The Lions and Eagles share the Vikings as a common opponent. Philly beat them in Week 2 so a win would allow Detroit to share that common win.