Poor, Poor Lions fans. They deserve better. Fortunately, they still have a university powerhouse football team to watch. Because the Lions have just never gotten it done, historically speaking. The have only 2 playoff appearances in the 21st century, and only 17 overall. They have never won the Super Bowl, and have a mere 4 division titles, the last one being in, ahem, 1993. They have seen great players over the years in Dutch Clark, Barry Sanders, Bobby Layne, Doak Walker and Joe Schmidt, Chuck Hughes.
But their under-performing year after year made Barry Sanders wear the label of one of the greatest players to never play in the Super Bowl. Averaging over 1,500 rushing yards per season, Sanders left the game just 1,457 yards short of breaking the NFL all-time rushing record at the time.
Detroit Lions Next Game
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Detroit Lions Score
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Detroit Lions Standings
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Detroit Lions Record
Key dates in the team history. This is a stretch. This team does not have a great history to pull from. We’ll say January 3, 2015 because this was the last time they made the playoffs, losing in a wild card game to the Cowboys, 24-20.
How strong is the team within its division/conference? The Lions are less ferocious than their name. This team has very few playoff appearances over the years and even fewer deep playoff runs.
What are the team’s main strengths vs weaknesses? Management. Legacy. Stigma. You name it. All of these things contribute to the Lions’ poor history. They’re very rarely good, and have never really been great.
How far does the team usually go in the league? The Lions actually finished pretty strongly last year, after a brutal start. They are going to have to build on that and get career years from both the offensive and defensive if they want to improve and even talk about a playoff season. But Detroit fans have learned to expect very little.