With football set to return in just a few short weeks, fans everywhere are eagerly awaiting their favorite team’s first game. We Detroit fans are among the most diehard fanbases in the country, and this time for good reason. The Lions are coming off a nine-win season after just barely missing the playoffs. Many sports experts are even betting sites have picked our Detroit Lions as the favorite to win their division, with Aaron Rodgers finally gone and now playing for the New York Jets. The only presumable threat to the Lions winning the division would be the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions are widely considered to be a more complete team than Minnesota, which is why Detroit is the favorite to win the NFC North and make the playoffs.
The Detroit Lions have a long and storied history. Not many people know that the Lions didn’t actually start off in Detroit. Before the Detroit Lions existed, there was the Portsmouth Spartans of Portsmouth, Ohio. The Spartans were founded in 1929 and played in Ohio until 1934 when the team was relocated to Detroit, Michigan. The team was rebranded as the Detroit Lions and have worn the Honolulu Blue and Silver uniforms ever since. Interestingly enough, the Lions have played on Thanksgiving since 1934 because their original owner George Richards had major influence in the media markets. Richards was not only the owner of the Lions but he also owned the well-known Southeastern Michigan radio station WJR.
Going into the 2023-2024 Season
The Lions are poised to do serious damage this season behind hard-nosed head coach Dan Campbell and quarterback Jared Goff. I have the team winning at least 11 games, as I think they are significantly improved from last year. General Manager Brad Holmes has both improved the defense and offense by adding star power in the secondary and bolstering the front seven with young talent. All while adding star Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs and former Bears back David Montgomery to the backfield. One thing is for sure the Lions are going to be good. In honor of how excited fans are heading into the season, here are some of the team’s greatest moments over the years! I did have to place links to the videos of some of these moments at the bottom due to the NFL’s strict copyright rules.