Cold weather may help Detroit Lions stay virus-free down the stretch

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Being located in Michigan may help the Detroit Lions stay healthy this season

One good thing about being a Detroit Lions fan is that going to the games is never a burden in terms of weather. The cozy dome of Ford Field keeps the Detroit faithful shielded from the harsh Michigan weather. That cold, unbearable weather that we all dread may be the one thing that keeps the Lions virus free as we get later into the 2020 season.

I know what you’re probably thinking right now. How could weather possibly lower the chances of Lions players contracting the virus when it thrives in cold weather? Well, I think we can all agree that most people don’t like the cold. The fall/winter months tend to keep people inside of their warm houses more than in the spring/summer.

With that being said, the cold weather could keep Lions players from going out with friends to bars, restaurants, etc. Instead, they may just stay home and order Door Dash or Uber Eats. They also won’t be able to go to public outdoor places such as beaches, pools, and that sort of thing.

As of right now, people in the state of Michigan are allowed to eat at most restaurants outside. As soon as the cold weather hits, no one is going to want to eat outside. Meaning that people will flock to eat inside which may cause another spike in positive COVID-19 tests and possibly deaths.

In turn, it may cause Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, to either close down restaurants/bars, or limit those places to carryout only. At the end of the day, it’s one less place to contract the virus for Lions players. The cold weather will also close down places I mentioned earlier like beaches, lakes, and pools. Again, one less place for players to contract the virus.

I know this all seems really silly and nitpicky, but this is our reality now. With the NFL not doing much to protect its players, it’s up to the organizations themselves to take precautionary measures to protect their players and staff.

Obviously, this whole theory goes out the window if players end up contracting the virus while on the field as contact in football is unpreventable. One just has to hope that other teams and organizations are doing their very best to protect their players and staff as well.

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The deadline for players to opt-out of the 2020 NFL season was Friday, meaning whoever’s in Detroit now, is here for the long haul. After quarterback Matthew Stafford’s COVID-19 scare this past Tuesday, it opens our eyes to how easily this thing can get out of hand.