By i) Pat Caputo

The Lions chances of making the playoffs are slim and heading rapidly toward none. Yet, there is still much for the Lions to play for the final five games, starting Sunday at Ford Field vs. the Indianapolis Colts. These are three reasons why:

1. There can be carryover from a strong finish to a strong start the next season. The Lions in recent years are a classic example. In 2010, they won their final four games, and then started the 2011 season with a five-game winning streak, ultimately making the playoffs.

2. These last five games wil be very important for the growth of the Lions’top two draft picks in 2012, offensive tackle Riley Reiff and wide receiver Ryan Broyles. Theybeen playing more prominent roles in recent weeks.

3. The Lions need to prove that the undisciplined play that has been so costly this season can be tightened up.


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