Should Detroit Lions fans have hope?

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Hope is bad

Oct 18, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions fullback Zach Zenner (34) carries the ball against the Chicago Bears players during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Remember the embarrassment I spoke of earlier? This is where that comes into play. For some it may not matter what everyone else thinks, and it should be that way for most. But who wants to be the guy who says “the Lions will comeback and make the playoffs, just watch” and then has to deal with all the guff and embarrassment they can handle when it doesn’t happen? I can’t say that I would like to be that guy.

Sure anything in this world is possible. What have you seen from the Lions in 2015 that makes you believe this team all of a sudden just gets it and goes on a run? What most have seen is an anemic offense that has no identity and a defense that lacks the killer instinct a talent that made it a force to be reckoned with in 2014. There’s a thing about talent though, you must have it.

The Lions have lost their starting tight end, both defensive tackles, their number two running back, their All-Pro linebacker, pick an offensive lineman out of a hat and now one half of their safety tandem. That’s incredibly hard to just forget about and go on an unprecedented streak that no team has ever done in NFL history.

At this point its hard enough seeing the Lions winning next week let alone make it to the playoffs. While the Lions offense did show up big against the Bears and they did show the urgency they’ve missed all season, You can’t help but point to all the mistakes the Lions made in that game and say “this is why” to anyone who thinks the Lions are good enough to turn things around. Seriously, two muffed punts.

Whether you believe or not, the next few weeks should be very interesting to watch. If the Lions are going to shock the world, it’s going to begin happening in this time. If not, at least you’ll know soon enough if it’s time to start clicking on those mock draft articles.

Mike Payton is an Editor at SideLion Report. He is from Holland, Michigan by way of Warren, Michigan. He considers himself to be obsessed with the Detroit Lions. Mike’s work has been featured on ESPN Radio, Fox Sports Radio, CBS Sports Radio and Mike is also a weekly contributor on It is what is with Sean Baligian on ESPN 96.1 and a contributor for The Holland Sentinel. Follow Mike Payton on Twitter@SLR_Mike

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