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Monday open thread: Did the Detroit Lions make the right decision winning in Green Bay?

Did the Lions blow it by not tanking?

Detroit Lions v Green Bay Packers Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

It seems like there is rarely any good news for the Detroit Lions that doesn’t come with some sort of drawback. Yeah, Kerryon Johnson looks like the real deal, but his injury concerns manifested themselves in his rookie season. Sure, the Damon Harrison Sr. trade was a fantastic move by the Lions, but his efforts were wasted this year and he only has two more years left on his contract.

The biggest example of that came on Sunday afternoon. The Detroit Lions absolutely demolished the Green Bay Packers, something every single Lions fan can appreciate. However, many of them didn’t on this Sunday.

The win cost the Lions three spots on the draft order—dropping them fifth to eighth. And while that may not seem like much, draft position at the top of the draft can be extremely costly. This isn’t the difference between the 20th and 23rd pick in the draft. We’re talking about now missing out on a top-five talent.

So today’s Question of the Day is:

Did the Lions make the right decision by beating the Packers?

My answer: Obviously, I wrote about this on Sunday, and I am completely fine with the Lions going for the win. You can read my full explanation here, but the “tl;dr” version is that, as a fan, I’d rather take the guaranteed fun of a rival blowout than the unknown quantity that is a slightly higher draft pick.

But to add on to what I wrote on Sunday, it’s also worth mentioning that no one really tanks in the way fans want them to. They may bench players that would have played with stakes on the line—the Packers and Lions likely did that with Davante Adams and Kenny Golladay, respectively—but they aren’t every going to ask their players to half-ass it out there, because the players would revolt. Every time a player takes the field, it’s an opportunity for them to prove they deserve to be out there. Players love to compete, and most of them are too prideful to give up.

Anyways, I’d like to see some numbers on how Lions fans feel the Monday after the win. Please vote in the poll and explain your choice in the comment section below.


Did the Lions make the right choice by winning?

This poll is closed

  • 73%
    Yes, always go for the win—especially against a rival
    (511 votes)
  • 26%
    No, draft position is more important to future success
    (185 votes)
696 votes total Vote Now

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