First off is Detroit. We start with the Lions because, just like the beginning of a roller coaster, you can only go up from where you are.
If you don't already know, the Lions didn't have the greatest season last year. They say you split the year up into four game quarters to evaluate teams. In my evaluation, I saw the same thing throughout; they were just plain awful.
After the first four, the fire was diminishing. After the next four, the fire was out. After the next four, the fire was back, just to simply get one win. After the final four, the fire may as well been Lake Michigan.
But a new season brings new hopes, the hopes of at least one win.
Possibly, the biggest burden of an 0-16 season is the number 1 overall pick in the draft. It was a lose-lose situation. Either you pick the quarterback and overpay him to the point that it's almost gross, or you take the "safe pick" and the quarterback goes to a great situation and succeeds. They chose the first one.
Don't get me wrong, if Matthew Stafford is handled well in Detroit, and with their wide receivers, they could turn out to be a good team to start a rebuilding project with. But Matt, lets get serious. Can he really make an immediate impact on this franchise? Personally, I don't think so.
One tip of advice to Lions' fans: Keep your hopes at one win.