When the Detroit Lions take on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, they will need a lot of things to go their way if they want to leave with a victory. In fact, any break the Lions can catch would be ideal for a team coming off of a devastating home loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Well, the Lions may have already caught a HUGE break as according to reports, Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes “tweaked” his ankle during Friday’s practice and he is now “truly questionable” to play against the Lions.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 3, 2018
With or without Golden Tate, the 2018 Detroit Lions WERE NEVER winning the NFC North
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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