However, fans saw a glimpse of the team they were hoping to see throughout the entire year. The Lions had the ball down just three points with 9:48 remaining in the game. They had the 10-1 Rams on the ropes. Los Angeles had scored just 17 points all game, and Detroit was coming off a 10-point third quarter.
Then Matthew Stafford fumbled the game away and the rest of the team followed.
Still, it was a step in the right direction for the team, especially defensively. And because of that, it looks like Lions fans have gained a little confidence in “trusting the process.” Though overall confidence remains pretty darn low, our FanPulse group of fans actually saw their confidence rise after the loss to the Rams.
26 percent of fans believe in the current direction of the team, as opposed to 20 percent last week. This is the second highest mark in the past five weeks. Relative to the rest of the NFL, Lions fans’ confidence is 10th lowest.
Their Week 14 opponent, the Arizona Cardinals, have fans with the lowest confidence in the league. First-time head coach Steve Wilks may have gotten the team a big upset win over the Green Bay Packers last week, but it did little to inspire confidence in their fanbase:
It’s a stark reminder of just how bad it can get in the NFL. Obviously there isn’t a lot of difference in the win-loss record between the 4-8 Lions and the 3-9 Cardinals, but at least there are some reasons for optimism in Detroit going forward.