This week’s Detroit Lions FanPulse results are in, and considering the team is coming off a bye, they’re, quite frankly, not all that interesting. For reasons that are likely to be forever unknown fan confidence in the Lions dropped from 91 percent to 87 percent. Maybe it’s due to the Green Bay Packers looking awfully good last week. Maybe it’s the realization that the Kansas City Chiefs are actually mortal, and Detroit’s near-win doesn’t do much for the team in the long run.
Regardless, it’s a four percent drop. It’s essentially nothing.
So let’s talk about something different. Let’s talk about the Chicago Bears.
This offseason, we teased Bears fans who literally entered the preseason with a 100 percent confidence rate in their team.
Well, the Bears are now 3-2, coming off an ugly loss against the Oakland Raiders. That game, Chicago was dominated in almost every phase of the game, and they still found themselves winning just minutes remaining. All they needed to do was use that dominant defense of theirs to stop the Raiders from driving 97 yards for the game-winning score.
Spoiler alert: They didn’t.
Fan confidence has plummeted to just 42 percent, the lowest in the division. This is lower than at any point last year and obviously the lowest point so far this season.
The best/worst part about it? Bears fans are going to have to sit on that loss for another full week, as the team is on their bye. When they come back to action, they aren’t exactly facing an easy route either. Their next five games: vs. Saints, vs. Chargers, @ Eagles, vs. Lions, @ Rams.
You could look at that schedule one of two ways. Either it’s an opportunity for the Bears to prove themselves and get fans back on their side, or this slide is just the beginning for Chicago.
Time will tell.