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Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, the NFL fan poll. Throughout the year, we ask questions to the most connected Detroit Lions fans and admirers across the country.
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We have two questions in our SB Reacts poll this week.

  1. Are you sure the Leos are headed in the right direction? (asked weekly)
  2. Who is the toughest opponent left on the Lions’ roster?

Lions fan confidence is at an all-time high under the general manager Brad Holmes/coach Dan Campbell regime, with 99% of voters in last week’s poll agreeing they believe the Lions are headed in the right direction as a franchise.

Can the Lions push that number to 100% certainty? It’s a tough ask, but after winning six of their last seven games, and with just three games between them and a possible playoff spot, that number may be about to peak.

But Detroit will likely need to win those final three games, and while all of their upcoming opponents have losing records on the season, each presents a unique set of problems. And that brings us to our second question of the week.

Who is the toughest opponent left on the Lions’ roster? Let’s see which team can give the Lions the most trouble in the final stretch of the regular season.

Week 16 at Panthers, DVOA: 28 (Offense: 29, Defense: 20)

The Panthers have the best defense the Lions will face down the stretch. With elite talent along the defensive line in Brian Burns and Derrick Brown, they can disrupt and contain them in this game. First-round pick corner Jacey Horn is a potential problem in the secondary, but he doesn’t have much help around him.

Week 17 vs. Bears, DVOA: 29 (Offense: 22, Defense: 31)

Bears quarterback Justin Fields is arguably the most dynamic player left on the Lions’ roster and will be a huge focal point in Detroit’s defensive scheme. The last time these two teams faced off, Fields ran for 147 yards and two scores, and he continues to produce despite the extra attention from defenses.

18th week, h PackersDVOA: 13 (Offense: 7, Defense: 22)

The Packers’ offense is finally clicking, and any time you face Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field, it’s an adventure. The big question will be how much that amounts to for each team. Theoretically, both teams can fight for a place in the playoffs. Meanwhile, if things go right, this game may not have any impact on the postseason at all.

Okay, it’s time to vote.


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