This cliche is a saying any football fan in Michigan knows by now. Every year that the Lions lose a game, are out of the playoffs, or just are looking bad, everyone including Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Daughtry go back to that statement. And it was what much of Michigan was either saying or thinking after week four of the 2016-17 NFL season, when the Lions dropped their third straight game to the Chicago Bears, placing them at 1-3 quarter way through the season.
After that loss though, the Lions then went on to win eight of their next nine games, placing them first in their division, second in the conference, and coming into the final three games of the season with an impressive 9-4 record. After this, they lost their next three games and were eliminated by the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the playoffs, but it was still a relatively successful season as it was only the third time in the last 10+ years that they made the playoffs.
All I’m trying to say is that the Lions aren’t that bad of a football team. People always say “The Lions haven’t won a superbowl”. Well, the same can be said about 14 other teams (almost half the NFL!), including the likes of the Panthers and Falcons, two highly regarded teams today. It’s true, the Lions have not had the best past, and after the infamous 2008 season in which they became the first team in NFL history to go 0-16, they have been looked at as the laughingstock of the NFL. But in the past three years, the Lions have made the playoffs twice, and if they can continue to play with that consistency, the future will be even brighter.