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Monday open thread: Do you feel better, worse or the same after the Lions’ bye?

How did the bye week treat you?

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Welcome back to Detroit Lions football week. I hope you all had a good bye weekend, but we’re back to the grind this week.

The NFL went on without the Lions this past weekend as Week 7 had plenty of flash and flare. And just because the Lions didn’t play doesn’t mean they weren’t impacted by this week’s set of games.

30 teams were in action this week, including all three of the Lions’ in-division rivals. The Bears and Vikings picked up big home wins, while the Packers dropped their first game in the Brett Hundley era at Lambeau.

So today’s Question of the Day is:

Do you feel better, worse or the same after the Lions’ bye week?

My answer: I feel about the same. If we’re talking specifically about the NFC North this week, none of the results surprised me.

This Vikings team is formidable and will be tough to keep pace with, even though the Lions already have a head-to-head game on them. The Bears, despite having no offense, are able to compete with some of the better teams in the league, especially on that awful, awful field of theirs. The Packers are going to have a rough transition period from Aaron Rodgers to Hundley.

So where does that leave the Lions? About where I expected them to be. There just a half game behind the Packers, but the Vikings are a game and a half ahead of Detroit. With Minnesota facing the Browns in London next week, the Lions can’t afford to fall behind much more.

Your turn.


How do you feel after the Detroit Lions’ bye week?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    A lot better
    (6 votes)
  • 14%
    A little better
    (102 votes)
  • 34%
    The same
    (245 votes)
  • 38%
    A little worse
    (275 votes)
  • 12%
    A lot worse
    (91 votes)
719 votes total Vote Now