This week, I wanted to check in with the Detroit Lions fanbase to see when they thought the team would finally notch a win in the Dan Campbell era. Coming off a tough loss to the Los Angeles Rams, fan morale is once again high. Confidence in the team’s direction is back up to 89 percent, with only 10 fanbases sporting a higher mark through Week 7. And with the Philadelphia Eagles in town this week—a fanbase currently holding a five percent confidence mark (second worst only to the Seahawks)—it seems like this could be the week the Lions finally do it.
Unsurprisingly, that’s exactly what Lions fans are thinking. Of our SB Nation Reacts community, a whopping 79 percent of fans think the Lions pick up their first win of the season this week against the Eagles, despite being 3.5-point underdogs. The second-most popular choice for fans was the Thanksgiving Day game against the Chicago Bears (11%), followed by Week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Of course, there is a naturally pessimistic side of fans, too. Four percent of our audience believes the Lions will go winless this season, completing the first 0-17 season in NFL history.
Here’s a full breakdown of the numbers:
When will the Lions pick up their first win of 2021?
- Week 8 vs. Eagles - 79%
- Week 12 vs. Bears - 11%
- Week 10 vs. Steelers - 4%
- Never: 4%
- Week 13 vs. Vikings - 2%
And here’s a look at this week’s confidence poll of both the Lions and Eagles: