It’s gameday, which means, for the Detroit Lions, it’s another opportunity to convince the world that they’re for real. The hype is starting to build, but there is a small contingent of analysts that are hesitant to give Detroit any credit. “They’ve yet to beat a team with a winning record,” they’ll claim, willfully ignoring that they’ve defeated to 2-2 teams that would have a winning record had Detroit not beaten them.
If Detroit can come out victorious on Sunday, they can put that silly criticism behind them. The Carolina Panthers are in town, and they currently boast a 3-1 record. Beat them, and you’ve officially beaten a team with a winning record.
But there’s much more on the line than killing dumb narratives. The Lions and Panthers could very well be in contention for a playoff spot at the end of the season. This game could end up being the deciding tiebreaker between the two teams, should they finish with identical records. Additionally, any win within the conference is always huge.
Both teams are similarly trying to keep pace with their respective division winner from 2016. The Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons are both 3-1, and the Lions and Panthers are hoping to dethrone both teams. A win on Sunday would be huge towards completing that goal.
Here’s how to catch the game.
Lions vs. Panthers gameday info:
Game time: 1 p.m ET on Sunday, October 8, 2017
Location: Ford Field—Detroit, MI
TV channel: FOX
Announcers: Kenny Albert, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver
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Online streaming: NFL Sunday Ticket; Catch live audio and post-game replays on NFL Game Pass
Local radio: Find your affiliate (Dan Miller, Jim Brandstatter)
Odds: Lions by 2.5
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