clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Lions fans actually gained confidence after competitive loss to the Rams

Moral victory?

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The only thing the Detroit Lions gained by their Week 13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams was draft position—moving from eighth to fifth.

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.

Subscribe to PODD

After winning their first NFC North title in 30 years, the Lions have unfinished business this offseason. Stay updated with Jeremy Reisman through Pride of Detroit Direct, our newsletter offering up exclusive analysis. Sign up with NFCNORTH30 to get 30% off after your free trial.