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How DET Goes 9-7 while 8-8 Panthers Miss Playoffs.

I'm smelling an 8-8 finish for the Panthers. We are tied at No. 6 in the NFC with DET and CHI at 4-3, but hold the tiebreaker over both teams. The Panthers could go 8-8, while CHI fades and DET goes 9-7 to jump us in the playoff hunt. Likely CAR Losses (2): @SF, NE, @NO 50/50 Chance (2W/2L): @ATL, @MIA, NO, NYJ Likely CAR Wins (2): ATL, TB This puts us at 8-8. DET will fade with Cutler out and three tough upcoming games: @GB, DET, BAL. DET has an interesting sched. They should beat CHI, TB, MIN and lose to GB. That puts them at 7-4 with five weird games left. The rest of their sched consists of shaky veteran teams who can either be great, good, or horrible on any given Sunday: DAL, @PIT, @PHI, BAL, NYG. If DET goes 2-3 here, they finish at 9-7, one game up on CAR. I know who I'm rooting against on Thanksgiving Day.

Mick Smiley
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