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Resilience or high-wire act? Lions survive New Orleans with more questions

Getting back in the win column, no matter the ugly

NFL: Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Easy was anything but for the Detroit Lions to keep their well-earned win. The early frenzy of debauchery and revelry quickly gave way to the corporeal reality of holding onto guts, riding nauseous bouts of vertigo, and still somehow standing tall at the very end. That’s admirable in its own right and you can’t say the same for every trip to Bourbon Street in the end.

On this episode of the Pride of Detroit PODcast, we’re doing more than cliched ledes. The Lions fought for a desperate win over the New Orleans Saints, but what can we take away from late-season Lions football as true, and what’s noise for fans clamoring for defensive changes? What contributed to defensive breakdowns, and why is the offense struggling to show consistency? Who can you trust among the defensive backs to get things done?

Plus, we evaluate some standout performances on the day, including a monster outing from Sam LaPorta, and the ever-evolving NFC playoff picture as the Lions close in on clinching; because yes, while things haven’t been pretty, the winning keeps getting done either way. That’s a beautiful thing and it’s worth the salt.

Be with us for the ride as the NFL schedule enters the “silly stretch.”

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