With a victory Sunday at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field, the Lions will win the NFC North.
They will also have pulled off a major road upset, something they haven’t often done in recent years. Oddsmakers have made the Lions 7.5-point underdogs against the Packers, who have not lost at Lambeau all season.
According to the Spreadapedia database, the Lions have lost 24 road games in a row as underdogs of seven points or more. Their last win against a home favorite of seven-plus points came on December 31, 2006, when 2-13 Detroit (+14) stunned Dallas.
Digging deeper, the numbers don’t get much prettier.
Since 1978, the Lions are 8-96 as road underdogs of seven points or more (.077). Moreover, they are 2-25 in December vs. home favorites of at least seven points (.074).
The Lions’ last December road win of significance came in 1993, when Detroit (+7) knocked off the then-Phoenix Cardinals. The Lions would go on to win the NFC Central.
Alas, Detroit hasn’t won a division title since. But the Lions can end that drought in style on Sunday — and while pulling one of the most important road upsets in their history.