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Friday open thread: Would you prefer the Lions win out or lose out?

The month of December brings mixed feelings among the fan base.

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Very few fans expected to enter the final month of the season 3-8-1, but not a lot has gone right for the Detroit Lions in 2019. With just four games left in the season, most eyes are already on next year. However, the games still need to be played, and as fans, there are a couple different ways we can look at the remainder of the schedule.

On one side are those who would love to see the team win out down the stretch. A 7-8-1 record is not so bad in the grand scheme of things and would be great for building some momentum into the offseason and the next year. If the Lions are able to win all four games, it likely means that a good chunk of the roster is playing well, which is especially key for some of the younger players.

The other argument would be to lose out. At 3-12-1, Detroit would be in contention for a top pick, which could be used in a whole host of areas across the roster. Winning may feel good, but it ultimately does not impact anything tangible. Losing out, though, would directly benefit the team by providing a better draft pick.

Today’s Question of the Day is:

Would you prefer the Lions win out or lose out?

My answer: To me, this is a no-brainer. Yes, as a fan it is always tough to root against your own team, but winning games in December would be counter-productive for the Lions. This team is flawed all over the place, as evidenced by its current record. A chance at a top pick is too good to pass up, especially with the number of holes in the roster.

I know current sports culture is becoming dangerously close to all-or-nothing, but once we are into the last month of the year, I think that does not really apply. There are four meaningless games remaining — why throw away a chance for a better player just for some momentary entertainment?

The additional benefit with the Lions not trying to win could be increased playing time for younger players on the roster. If the team is not overly focused with making the absolute best decisions to win each game, there will be more opportunities for different players to get more exposure. This season is over; the only thing that should be focused on is improving the team for next year.

Your turn.


What should the Lions do in December?

This poll is closed

  • 15%
    Win out
    (301 votes)
  • 84%
    Lose out
    (1692 votes)
1993 votes total Vote Now

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