With a loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 9, the Detroit Lions now sit at 3-5 in the NFC North. Up next for the Lions are the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears, who handled their business against the Buffalo Bills to move to 5-3 on the season.
When the Lions travel to Chicago to take on the Bears in Week 10, they will be the underdog.
According to the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas, the Bears opened as a 6 point favorite over the Lions. That line quickly jumped to 6.5 in favor of Bears.
In order for the Lions to get back into the NFC North race, they absolutely must win this coming Sunday against the Bears. If they lose, the season is all but over.
As you know by now, Golden Tate is no longer a member of the Detroit Lions.
Earlier in the week, news broke that the Lions had traded their most consistent receiver over the past 4+ seasons to the Philadelphia Eagles for a third-round draft pick.
The move is one that has come under much scrutiny, especially from some local media members who cover the Lions for a living. Some have said the trade is a sign of the Lions front office waving the proverbial “white flag” on the season, while others have said the move would send a bad message to the rest of the players in the locker room and potentially cause them to “give up” on the season. I am not making his stuff up.
Anyone who believes either of those things is 100% clueless about NFL football and how it works. First of all, trading Tate had absolutely nothing to do with waving a white flag on the 2018 regular season. Though Tate has been the definition of consistency for the Lions since coming to the Motor City, he is not a player and will never be a player who puts the team over-the-top in terms of contending for a Super Bowl. The Lions offense has plenty of weapons and Tate, because of his age and contract situation moving forward, became expendable.
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