The Lions and their fans are fired up to have their first Monday Night Football game in a decade.
On the other side of things: Fans of the five NFL teams that didn’t get a single primetime game, subject to change if any of them got flexed into a late Sunday night game.
As pointed out by ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky, here’s the list of five teams with no national night games: Tennessee, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Arizona, and Carolina.
The list points out how fleeting success and attention can be in the NFL. The Titans and Panthers both had byes in the playoffs that started in 2009. The Cardinals were in the Super Bowl that year, and they were in the playoffs the following year. The Bengals were the AFC North champs a season ago.
The list of five teams has one more thing in common, with apologies to Ryan Fitzpatrick: They all have unsettled quarterback situations.
The great thing about the NFL is that you are always only one year away from relevance. The Rams and Bucs were both forgotten franchises at this time a year ago, and they each have two primetime games this season.