Detroit Lions broker Matthew Stafford speaks for the media after the 23-16 loss at Chicago Bears on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at Ford Field.
Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press

It's officially official now. You are free. Released.

From worrying about mathematical possibilities. From studying the rankings. From thinking only if Detroit Lions could beat Ursi and shock L.A. Rams and cool and …

Come on. Let it go. Eat pie – preferably cherries, apple or pumpkin if necessary. Make a turkey sandwich left this weekend and play all the NFL football games you want.

Better, find a new team in the next five weeks. Put a map on the wall. Throw an arrow. Roll your finger in the nearest city. Cheer. If you do not land on Detroit, you're throwing it again.

Seriously, folks, it's time to think about the project. About free agents. About pushing the road. Whatever really does not involve these Lions in the next five Sundays.

Look, I get it. You watched the Thursday match against Chicago because it was Thanksgiving. Tradition and everything. And sometimes Lions surprise you.

But, for the most part, they do what they did on Thursday when they have lost, 23-16, the Bears: Come near. Give yourself hope. He throws a pick-six in the middle of the fourth. Then he says he's not good enough after he's done.

Rinse. Wash repeat.

The problem is that nothing gets clean. And you're stuck in the same loop.

Think this way: when you first heard the promised Chicago defender, Mitchell Trubisky, he would not play because of an accident you thought … Matt Flynn.


You remember him, right? He was the support of Aaron Rodgers in 2012 when Lions entered Lambeau Field as a favorite and lost while Flynn set court registration franchises – 480 – and touchdown passes – six.

Only the Lions. Matt (expletive) Flynn.

If you say slow enough, it sounds a lot – Chase … Daniels.

Daniels did not set franchise records on Ford Field Thursday afternoon. But his performance felt familiar.

Here he started his first game in four years. Feathery descent over shoulder dimes at its receivers. By throwing two passes of adhesion and, for what it deserves, there are no interceptions.

In fact, avoiding interceptions is worthwhile. A team threw two of them on Thursday. The team lost.

But enough about the game, about another fearful defeat of the heart, about another chance for your team to fall in love with a national audience looking for something to do, other than to eat carrot chicken, too burnt.

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As I mentioned, it is time to go further and enjoy the style of Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City's wonderful defender or Jared Goff, the second year that appealed to the Rams signal.

As it happens, those Rams will fit into Ford Field two Sundays now, in what promises to be a high-end business, at least on one line. The good news is that you will not care about that moment.

What it will help If you push over multiple quotes from the head coach:

"We have to go back and go back to work, we have much to do, much to be improved, and things that we are constantly trying to improve." We do not have much time to sit down and do our best for ourselves.

History: The Lions should be only grateful for the visit to the day of Chicago in Turkey

Not for Matt Patricia. But for you? Wait. You're sorry for everything you want. You won it.

Just try not to spend too much time upsetting. So many other teams are there. Teams that are fun. Teams throwing the ground. Teams that score more than 30 points.

Teams that do not earn enough to give you hope and lose enough to demolish it. Week after week week.

So, adopt one. Temporary. Even if you can not give up on these lions.

I would suggest you also watch college games. You can dream about the next lion. You can read the potential free agents – in the free press, of course.

Maybe you think about who you might call playing next season and how the crime could look different.

Look at the Lions for the rest of the way if you have to. It's fine.

But do it with indifference, with a detached cold, from a psychological safety position. Stop thinking about math at the one-percent odds that Lions has to put into play.

It's not happening. Not this year. The loss to Ursi on Thursday, however, has decided.

You are free.


Contact Shawn Windsor: 313-222-6487 or [email protected]. Follow it on Twitter @shawnwindsor.