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Tuesday open thread: What’s one reason to be optimistic about the Detroit Lions’ future?

A look on the bright side to start your Tuesday.

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We’re living in dark times. I’m not going to sugarcoat it. Week 2 of the NFL season has ended, and the biggest—and really only—storyline surrounding the Detroit Lions is the status of head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn.

While overreaction to two weeks of play run rampant across the NFL, this isn’t just about the last two games for the Lions. We’re now 34 games into Patricia’s run as head coach, and fans are understandably at their wit’s end with just nine wins over that span.

Just months from now, the Lions could be making some full-scale changes that will drastically alter the landscape of this franchise. Whether they do, or whether they somehow turn it around this season, there are still some positive things about this team—even if they are hard to see past all the bad football right now.

So instead of harping on the bad all week, let’s take a look at something positive. Today’s Question of the Day is:

What’s one thing that has you optimistic about the Lions’ future?

My answer: The offensive line.

The Lions just locked up their left tackle for the foreseeable future, and his play has continued to improve over the past couple years. Frank Ragnow is currently the No. 2 ranked center by PFF. Rookie Jonah Jackson looked much improved in Week 2 after some struggles in his debut. And even Joe Dahl is starting to look like he could be a full-time starter.

Throw in fourth-round rookie Logan Stenberg, and you’ve got an offensive line that has at least three potential above-average starters and potentially more.

It’s not much, but this team has struggled to put together a solid offensive line for so long. It finally feels like they’re making some headway there, though, and that could be good news for whatever quarterback is playing for this team in 2021 and beyond.

Your turn.