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Notes: GMFB’s Kyle Brandt has an EPIC message for Lions Fans

Uncle Lenny is going to become a Made Man this weekend.

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At the end of Friday morning’s episode of the NFL Network’s Good Morning Football show during a segment titled “Call of the Wild Card,” host Kyle Brandt had a special message for Detroit Lions fans on the upcoming playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams. A video clip of the segment begins by flashing back to something he said on the show back in August before the season started. 22 weeks ago, Brandt said he was tired of franchise histories being held against them and that he didn’t want to hear about Wayne Fontes or Barry Sanders or how long it’s been since Detroit won in the playoffs (the original full rant from August is in an Instagram post Brandt annotated “The Lions are Uncle Lenny. And Lenny’s gotten his life together. Leave Lenny alone.”).

Now return to the present: Brandt was back on Friday morning to emphatically declare that “Uncle Lenny’s had a year. Boy, he’s had a YEAR. He got 12 wins, his future’s on fire, his past is DEAD.”

Hinting at the storylines about Matthew Stafford and the flap about wearing or not wearing Stafford jerseys to Sunday’s game, the host said, “I’m not even from Detroit, and I’m sick of the Lions’ past. So for the love of God, burn it and bury it.”

In his view, the Rams-Lions matchup is actually a perfect opportunity for the team to finally bury the past and move on.

Channeling his inner Dan Campbell, Brandt delivered a pretty solid Detroit versus Everybody-style promo.

“People hate that the Lions aren’t theirs to push around anymore. They hate the changes! Your rookies were draft grade punchlines. Now they’re playoff headlines. Your wide receiver was known for his dad being Mr. Universe. Now he plays like first team All-Universe.”

It was recorded in the morning, or he would have been able to change these lines to work in that one of those rookies and the Sun God made All-Pro.

The segment flows into the disrespect that Goff (“poor man’s Matt Ryan”) and Dan Campbell have overcome (“now he is one of the best coaches and most beloved men in all of football”). Another great one: “It’s more fun for everybody else when Uncle Lenny is a loser begging for bail money after getting beat up at the OTB.” But nothing really seals the hype as much as the end of the promo: “Detroit, I am reporting you as eligible for the Divisional Round and I hope you get the Cowboys so you can beat them AGAIN. You’ve earned it. Enjoy it, Detroit!”

The segment’s video clip is up on Twitter as well as the official NFL site, and audio for it can be heard on multiple podcasting sites like Spotify (starts at 38:54) Now, on to the rest of your Weekend Notes:

  • In case you missed it, Meko and Morgan were back at it again with another great video discussing the biggest X-Factors in Sunday’s game. You can watch the entire 22-and-a-half minute video on our Pride of Detroit YouTube channel:

  • The entire NFL Live panel (including Dan Orlovsky and Mina Kimes) picked the Rams over the Lions:

  • Former Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew ranked the primary running backs for each team in the 2023 season. He considers David Montgomery the Lions’ primary running back, and slotted him at eighth (one spot ahead of D’Andre Swift on the Eagles). Kyren Williams on the Rams was second only to CMC on MJD’s rankings.

  • A second-team All-Pro selection is a heck of a birthday surprise:

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