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    Winless Detroit Lions looking to play ‘spoiler’ in final six games

    Any realistic chance the Detroit Lions had of making the playoffs went out the window months ago. Now, the Lions want other teams to feel their plight.

    Lions coach Dan Campbell said Monday his message to his winless team coming back from a long Thanksgiving weekend was to try and play spoiler over the final six weeks of the season.

    “We’ve got six to go and we’re playing spoiler now,” Campbell said. “We’re trying to ruin people’s day is what we’re trying to do. And so, how do we improve on the things that we’ve done a good job of and make it a little bit better? And then certainly the things that continue to show up, how do we help? But I think now it’s all about how do we make these last six opponents kind of have to deal with what we’ve dealt with for the season? That’s the message.”

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    The Lions (0-10-1) need one win in their final six games to avoid becoming the first franchise in modern NFL history to go winless twice during the regular season.

    But rather than put pressure on his young team to avoid that infamy, Campbell is more focused on fouling up his opponents’ plans.

    Five of the Lions’ final six opponents are the playoff mix, and this week’s opponent, the Minnesota Vikings (5-6), currently hold the seventh seed in a tight NFC playoff race.

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