The Week 15 NFL schedule concludes tonight with a match-up between two teams that desperately need to win to keep their playoff chances alive when the World Champion Baltimore Ravens take on the Detroit Lions from Ford Field.
With both teams at 7-6 they Detroit (NFC) and Baltimore (AFC) are each fighting with several others in their conference to keep the playoff dream alive.
Tonight could be a make or break game for both sides.
According to a Sportsline report on Dec. 16, the surging Ravens may be hitting their peak at the right time, but tonight they will face the Lions in Detroit, and Baltimore has struggled this season on the road.
Baltimore currently holds the final AFC wild-card spot if they can defeat the Lions tonight because they have the tiebreaker over Miami. The Ravens also lead San Diego and the New York Jets by one game.
As for the Lions, they hold destiny in their own hands in the final three weeks of the season - the question is will they fumble this chance away?
CBS reports that the Lions have committed a combined five turnovers in the final quarters of its last three losses and totaled 20 giveaways in its past six games.
That's not going to get it done tonight or any night.
"It's tough to win football games when you turn the ball over," said quarterback Matthew Stafford, who has seven interceptions and two fumbles in the last four games. ''We know that. We're doing everything that we can to correct it.''
Las Vegas odds makers currently have the Lions as a 5 point favorite tonight with the over/under number set at 50.
Prediction: The Ravens are on a roll, but the last three wins were all at home and vs. the Jets, Steelers and Vikings - not the best teams in the league, but they aren't horrible teams either. The difference tonight should be a healthy Lions offense and the game being played in Ford Field, where Detroit plays much better than they do on the road.
When you live in Detroit and are a Lions fan it is always hard to say this and mean it - but Detroit will win tonight.
Pick: Lions -5
The game kicks off tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST and can be seen on ESPN and WatchESPN.