The Detroit Lions may have won three out of the past five games, but it’s the way the team has won those games that have fans still ready for big changes to the organization. Their latest feat: blowing a 21-point lead to the worst offense in the league, only to barely come back and beat the Washington Football Team on a last-second 59-yard field goal from Matt Prater.
When you put it that way, it’s easy to understand why fan confidence in the Lions—according to our latest NFL Reacts poll—has only gone up a single percentage point since last week, from four percent to five percent. And while the Lions are no longer last in fan confidence percentage—that honor now belongs to the Houston Texans, who have a zero percent confidence rating—the message from fans is clear: “You’re going to have to do better than that.”
The Lions have an opportunity to earn back at least some of that faith this Sunday. While their Week 11 opponent, the Carolina Panthers, are just 3-7 so far on the season, their fanbase is actually feeling quite optimistic about the direction they’re headed in. A whopping 85 percent of fans still have confidence in the franchise with the offense already showing major improvement and the defensive struggles being understandable given the young roster.
Of course, the winner of Sunday’s game between the two teams will come with a major asterisk considering the significant injuries to both teams. Still, if the Lions can finally pull off a convincing victory over a bad team, maybe some will begin to believe that this is a .500 team with a real chance to make the playoffs.