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Friday open thread: Do you feel better, worse or the same about the Lions?

How are feeling, Lions nation?

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There’s no longer such a thing as a definitive Detroit Lions win anymore. Every win from now until eternity will include some sort of last minute comeback or heart attack inducing play. This is the life we have accepted as a Lions fan and I, for one, welcome it.

So now that the Lions have pulled off their seventh ridiculous comeback win of the year, it’s time to step back and see what we have in this team. So Today’s Question of the Day is:

Do you feel better, worse or the same about the Lions after their 16-13 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

My answer: A lot better. I’ll be honest, I have been down on this team for the entire season. Up until 24 hours ago, I thought this team would still finish 8-8 and miss the playoffs, possibly even finish third in the division. But Thursday’s win was monumental for their chances to make the postseason this year. I still think this team is bad, possibly even bottom half of the league bad, but I am still buying their playoff chances at this point. It’s clear that the Vikings—losers of five of their last six—and the Packers—losers of four straight—aren’t superior competition at this point.

The Lions may not be a great team, but they are putting together performances that leave them with a chance to win in every single week. And the Lions have enough playmakers on the team to take advantage of those chances. It may not be pretty, but this has move beyond luck. This team is just simply capable.

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