I've spent the last 48 hours trolling the streets of Seattle.
The entire experience has been extremely humbling as a football fan. Nearly every inch of the city is littered with the number 12- construction barriers, window fronts, flags, bags and rags all plastered with that teal numeral. And it didn't matter if it was a random Saturday or Football Sunday, I saw at least a few dozen Seahawks jerseys each day, most tattooed with the number 12 on each side of the jersey.
The Seattle Seahawks are 1-2. Their one win came against a bad Bears team. They've already been downed by a divisional opponent and were humbled by the Green Bay Packers. They are currently third in their division. This is a team that is currently inspiring fear and worry, yet the city exudes pride and confidence.
Compare that to the Detroit Lions, who -- at 0-3 -- are the league's last remaining winless team. If the fanbase is any indication, the Lions are not only winless, but they're hopeless. Their offense, full with weapons and potential, ranks in the bottom ten in the league. The defense, one of the most feared units in 2014, is a shell of its former self. Coaches are firmly on the hot seat, fans are turning their attention to hockey season and mock drafts are already slotting Detroit with a high draft pick.
It's easy to understand why there is such a disconnect between the two fanbases. Seattle is just one year removed from a Super Bowl title and nearly repeated their performance just eight months ago. The Lions, on the other hand, haven't had back-to-back winnings seasons in two decades.
The Lions have been horrible through three weeks, there's really no other way to put it. Their early incompetence has put them in the unenviable position of having to come out of Seattle Monday night with a victory to avoid entering Week 5 as the league's only winless team and to retain any sort of hope for salvaging the 2015 season.
But this is the NFL. It's a place where the St. Louis Rams can be the best team one week and the worst the next. It's a place where a preseason favorite like the Philadelphia Eagles can fall flat on their face once the season starts. Every week and every game is unpredictable, and -- believe it or not -- that includes this game between the Lions and Seahawks.
I know every indication and each intangible is working against the Lions' favor. I know without DeAndre Levy, the defense seems hopeless. I know the offense hasn't shown any sort of semblence of coherence through three weeks. And I know winning at CenturyLink Field is a nearly-impossible feat. But who cares? It's just one game. Stranger things have happened. Even if we have to fake it, let's show some confidence and let's show some damn pride. Hell, it's in the name of the site.