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Detroit Lions fans entering 2018 with cautious optimism

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Check out the results of our first FanPulse survey for the 2018 Lions season.

Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across the NFL powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Lions fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

Our first FanPulse survey was sent out this week, and the purpose of it was to gauge Detroit Lions fans’ confidence in the team heading into the 2018 season. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, many of the comments here have expressed some worry after a few questionable roster moves and an uninspiring preseason.

But just because some people are the loudest doesn’t mean they’re representative of the entire fanbase. So we polled a select portion of the community to see where fans stand entering Week 1.

To start, we asked Lions fans to guess the result of the team’s first game against the New York Jets. The currently Vegas line is hovering around Lions -7, or, in other words, the Lions should win by right around a touchdown. What do Lions fans think?

Will the Lions win or lose in Week 1?

Lions fans think they will beat the Jets by 8

Fans are only slightly more confident than the Vegas line, predicting them to win by eight points instead of seven. That’s still a lot of confidence in a team that looked iffy over the past month.

But when we turned our attention to the entire season, you can see some hesitation in the fanbase.

How confident are you in the direction of the team?

When put that way, it seems like Lions fans are feeling pretty good about the upcoming season. But let’s break down the poll results in their entirety. Here are the poll options and the corresponding results:

Very confident: 5 percent
Somewhat confident: 62 percent
Meh: 21 percent
Not very confident: 6 percent
Not confident at all: 5 percent

Just as many Lions fans are “not confident at all” in the Lions as those who are “very confident.” The large majority of fans, though, are what I would call cautiously optimistic. But the fact that nearly a third of fans are “meh” at best should be concerning for the Lions. This is Week 1. This is supposed to be the one time of year that Lions fans are pumped, and it’s clear the preseason took the wind out of some fans’ sails.

To conclude our weekly survey, we asked Lions fans—along with every other team’s fanbases—what NFL rule is the worst? The results are not all that surprising.

What is the worst NFL rule?

After a preseason in which the general masses panned the new helmet rule, it’s not surprising to nearly half of football fans express their displeasure for the rule. It’s a bit surprising to see the catch rule come in third here, but perhaps NFL fans are buying into the fact that the league made the rule a lot simpler this year.