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Friday open thread: What non-Lions team are you rooting for?

When the home team is struggling, sometimes it makes sense to see what else is out there.

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The Detroit Lions are bad. Very bad. Watching them is no fun right now, and while many of us will stick it out until the end of the season, even the most loyal fans cannot be too emotionally attached to this team.

Fortunately, there are still 31 other options (in theory) for us to find some enjoyment from. Every team brings a little something to the table, and with the Lions’ season long over, it is fine to turn your eye somewhere else for the last couple weeks of the season. Besides, soon enough the playoffs will leave us with just 12 teams remaining anyway.

Where you turn your interest to depends on what you want to see. If you want to keep it about the Lions, you probably are big Bengals and Giants fans, hoping for Detroit to sneak up closer to the top of the draft order. But if you want to actually enjoy the football you watch, there probably are a few better options.

Today’s Question of the Day is:

What non-Lions team are you rooting for?

My answer: Typically this answer comes down to which players truly excite you. For some this means Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, who are fighting with the Patriots for a first round bye. The 49ers have also impressed this season and are surprisingly one of the toughest teams in the league.

For me, the most intriguing team played on Thursday night. The Baltimore Ravens are fascinating to watch, dominating teams on the ground and utilizing the tight ends when it becomes time to go to the air. The defense is outstanding as well, and it would not be a surprise to see this team play in February.

However, everything obviously starts with Lamar Jackson. For as good as Mahomes is, Jackson just brings a different dynamic to the game. He runs fearlessly and elusively, and his ability as a passer should not be underrated. The Lions are painful to watch right now, but Jackson shows that football can be pretty fun.

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