Three reasons to love (and hate) the 2020 Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Most every Detroit Lions fan fits one of just a few fan types. Regardless of which you are, what are some things to love or hate about the 2020 Lions?

There are three types of Detroit Lions fans. Kool-Aid fans, Same Old Lions fans, and fans who drift from one to the other (but rarely between) based on their mood, what the Lions “did or didn’t do”, and on-the-field results.

Instead of spending a lot of time defining these fan types, what we need to do is to discuss the state of the Lions in terms that all three can understand. Therefore, here are my three reasons to love (and hate) the Detroit Lions.

Reason number one to love the Detroit Lions in 2020

The Detroit Lions have a veteran quarterback who is healthy for 2020.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford was really doing well prior to his back injury and was on pace to have one of the best passing seasons in NFL history. His 2,499 yards passing in eight games, combined with his 19 touchdowns during that span, means that Stafford would have led or been second in both measures for the entire NFL season if he had produced similarly for the other half of the year.

The offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell, seemed to bring new life to the passing game and in the offseason, the Detroit Lions added to their arsenal of weapons at Stafford’s disposal.

Why hate Reason number one

From the other segment of the Lions fan population, this seems like recycled garbage. Stafford has had weapons, he’s been around for eleven years with two double-digit wins seasons to his credit. Stafford has also not conjured the elusive division title, nor propelled the team to a playoff victory.

Isn’t this more Kool-Aid for sale to get people buying the Detroit Lions merch and tickets if they allow people in the stadium? Stafford is so 2012.