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Wednesday open thread: Will you be watching Sunday’s Lions-Packers game?

With nothing on the line, will you be watching on Sunday?

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

It has been two years since the Detroit Lions have played a meaningless football game. In the 2015 season finale, the Lions traveled to Soldier Field to complete the series sweep of the Chicago Bears and move to 7-9 overall. We didn’t know it at the time, but that would end up being Calvin Johnson’s final game in the NFL.

Hopefully there won’t be anything as dramatic lurking in the background of Week 17’s contest between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. Both teams are out of the playoff race and will be playing for pride and pride alone.

On Tuesday, head coach Jim Caldwell said he had no intentions of sitting his starters, so the game will be—on its surface—the same as any other regular season game, but with all of the stakes removed from it.

So today’s Question of the Day is:

Will you be watching Sunday’s game between the Packers and Lions?

My answer: Yes. Obviously, I’m completely obligated to watch the game, but I’d be watching even if I weren’t. This is the last opportunity we get to watch the Lions play in any capacity for another eight months. It may be ultimately “meaningless.” It may be between two broken, mediocre teams. It may involve Matthew Stafford getting killed with such a patchworked offensive line. But ultimately, at its very core, it’s still Lions football. And it’s going to take a lot to drag me away from that.

Your turn.


Will you be watching Lions-Packers on Sunday?

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