It hasn’t been a great week for Detroit Lions fans. On Sunday, the team dropped its third straight game—the second consecutive contest against a divisional opponent. It wasn’t just a loss, too, it was a defensive meltdown.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Tuesday was a nightmare for Lions fans who were already declaring the season over. Star running back Kerryon Johnson was placed on injured reserve, then minutes later the Lions traded fan favorite and defensive captain Quandre Diggs for some movement on Day 3 of the 2020 draft.
Remember, this was a fanbase that was still feeling pretty high after their loss to the Green Bay Packers; a game, many argue, that was stolen from Detroit. In our own poll after that game, 80 percent of you still believed in the direction of the team.
Well, almost all of that good will appears to be gone:
Lions fans took the biggest Week 8 plummet in our FanPulse surveys, dropping from 86 percent last week (before “Monday Night Football”) all the way to just 19 percent now. And keep in mind, these surveys are sent out on Mondays. A good portion of these voters had no idea Kerryon Johnson would be placed on IR or that Diggs was on the move.
It just goes to show you how desperate this team is to get back on the winning side. Detroit is essentially already three games out of a playoff spot, with the Vikings currently holding the six seed at 5-2. In fact, there are fewer teams between the Lions and last place in the NFC (four) than there are between the Lions and a playoff spot (five).
The good news is that the Lions are facing some teams that are conducive to a rebound. The New York Giants just dropped to 2-5, while the Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears were just humbled by the Packers and Saints respectively.
If the Lions can string together a few wins, it could save their season and bring back some much-needed hope in the city of Detroit.
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