Interested in rooting for one of the NFL’s 32 teams — but don’t know where to start? Adam Rank has you covered with this series, which will present a handy guide to becoming an instantly rabid fan of each organization in the league. Below, find out why you should root for the Detroit Lions.
What you need to know so you don’t sound stupid
This is the Lions‘ year! Although they’ve said that every year since, what, 1950? Oh wait, it was 1957. I’m sorry that I besmirched your team. And if you’re asking me why I’m already being so mean to the Lions, well, I’m a Bears fan, and I can’t talk [stuff] about the Packers. The Lions are always our out — the whipping boys for the NFC North.
That said, the Lions have been far more competitive in recent years than the Bears. And they do have four NFL titles (1935, 1952, 1953, 1957) to their name. So they’ve been there before. It was just a long, long time ago.
Matthew Stafford is pretty good …
As I mentioned in the Packers deal, only Green Bay is allowed to have great quarterbacks. But Matthew Stafford does deserve some praise. His best season came in 2011, when he threw for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns. He had 4,967 the following year and has reached at least 4,000 passing yards in six consecutive seasons. I know 4,000-yard passing seasons are now as commonplace as “Fast and the Furious” movies, but that’s still pretty impressive.
It’s impossible to watch this video right here (jump to the four-minute mark) without Stafford becoming one of your favorite players in the league. He was a freaking rookie when this happened. Insane.
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