But if Detroit is really going to compete for something beyond a “winning record,” they’re going to have to do a lot more to convince both fans and analysts they’re capable of such a thing. This week’s “Reacts” results show a small increase in optimism among Lions fans, but there’s still a large amount of skepticism being weighed against this team.
After fans were at a 13 percent confidence level last week, 29 percent of Lions fans in our Reacts pool are confident in the direction of the team. That’s still the sixth lowest in the NFL, but it’s obviously a big boost after their 0-2 start on the season.
Detroit’s 16 percent Week 4 bump is actually the third highest of the week. The only teams with a bigger jump were the 49ers (70 to 89% after beating the Giants), and the Bears (60 to 83% after beating the Falcons).
While Lions confidence is slowly growing, the confidence of their Week 4 opponent is drastically dropping. The New Orleans Saints came into the season with a 100% confidence level from their fanbase. After dropping two in a row, they’re suddenly a bottom-10 team in confidence at 38%:
If the Lions win this week against the Saints, you’d have to imagine confidence would skyrocket. And with the bye week ahead, those good vibes would marinade for an extra seven days.
Of course, if the Lions lose... well, let’s just hope things don’t turn out that way for a fanbase with such little hope as is.