The Detroit Lions are a proud franchise with resilient players, a great coaching staff and special fans. The team was established in 1930, and 32 years after that, the team started their season 8-2. That was 1962. They didn’t achieve that again until Week 11 of 2023, a span of 61 years. After a rough game, the Lions were able to overcome four turnovers and secure a win over the Chicago Bears.
The Lions haven’t ever been 8-2 with the Ford family owning the team. William Clay Ford became the majority owner in 1963. His daughter Sheila Hamp, owner since 2020, was the one who helped finally break the dubious string.
The season for the Lions has been unique in more ways than this significant record may show. They started it with a win over the defending Super Bowl champions and followed that up with a tough overtime loss to the Seahawks. Mix in some wins over the likes of the Falcons, Packers, and Raiders, to name a few. They have done the majority of their work on the road as well, so with them being at 8-2 with 4 wins being on the road, it is significant.
The Lions now head into Thanksgiving with optimism and hope for the first time in what seems like forever. Dan Campbell and this Lions team overcame a major obstacle Sunday against the Bears. They showed they can win games when they are not at their best, but on a short week, they can’t afford for it to roll over into Thursday.
Lions fans would rather be debating if stuffing better in the turkey or a pan instead of “Can Jared Goff win us a Super Bowl?” Enjoy the history we are living in, this team will be remembered, and at this point, it is seeming to be in a good way versus the latter.