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Ford Field may stay empty this year.
The seat of Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia has never been hotter, and we’re just two weeks into the season. After the team’s 0-2 start, it’s hard to see how his vision of the team has come together in a positive manner now in Year 3. The team has dropped 11 straight, they haven’t won a divisional game in almost two calendar years, and the defense—HIS defense—is worse than ever .
As they always do, Lions fans came into the 2020 season with a decent amount of confidence. The SB Nation Reacts data showed that going into Week 1, 77 percent of Lions fans were confident in the direction of the team after an aggressive offseason. In just two weeks of play, that fan confidence has plummeted to 13 percent—fifth lowest in the entire NFL:
That’s actually a somewhat modest drop off, considering how helpless the team looked against the Packers at time. In fact, last week the Lions had the fourth-lowest confidence, meaning they actually jumped a spot this week.
Maybe Lions fans are just used to it at this point. Because some of the teams below them on the list may just not be as accustomed to losing as the Lions. Even within the NFC North, the Lions are playing second fiddle to the Minnesota Vikings , who have also started 0-2. The Vikes came in with much higher expectations of 2020. The bigger they are, the harder they fall, I suppose:
Similarly, the Houston Texans appear to have had enough of Bill O’Brien’s antics that have also resulted in two consecutive losses. The fan confidence in Houston has dropped to ZERO PERCENT. And, worst of all, they never even got to have a taste of optimism this year:
Okay, I’m a Lions fan and that may still be the saddest thing I’ve ever seen.