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Detroit Lions fans still skeptical after two-game winning streak

The Lions will have to do more than just beat up on bad teams to win fans back over.

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The Detroit Lions are on a two-game winning streak and sit at .500 through seven weeks of the NFL season. If you were to hand fans that record at the beginning of the season, they may have taken it considering how difficult the schedule looked at the beginning of the year.

But given how the season has played out, optimism isn’t exactly the prevailing feeling amongst Lions fans through their first six games. Remember, this is a fanbase that gave head coach Matt Patricia a two percent approval rate just three weeks ago.

So it’s not really much of a surprise that even though the defense looks a lot better—and the team has rattled off three wins in the last four games—that Lions fans still believe, overwhelmingly, that the team is not headed in the right direction.

As of this week, just 35 percent of Lions fans are confident in the franchise:

Obviously, Lions fans have come a long ways in the past three weeks. Entering the bye week, fan confidence was at just nine percent, the third-lowest in the NFL. That number has now quadrupled, but it is still the ninth-lowest in the NFL.

Just for fun, let’s check in with the rest of the NFC North. Obviously, the Packers stand alone in their confidence after a big bounce-back win over the Texans. At 5-1, Packers fans currently have a 97 percent confidence level, fourth-highest in the NFL.

But the other divisional opponents...

The Vikings, at 1-5, are understandably sad. This season has gone nothing like it was originally planned, and now they’re facing the very real possibility of selling at the deadline and starting anew next year.

The Bears, on the other hand, have the chart of a 1-6 team. Yet, their overall record is 5-2. Of course, many have questioned the legitimacy of their win/loss record given they needed fourth-quarter miracles against both the Lions and Falcons. This graph suggests the Bears fans internally feel that, as well. This week’s game against the New Orleans Saints should go a long ways in either regaining that confidence or confirming their worst fears.

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