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Stateside Podcast: How the Lions beat the odds

Lions tight end Brock Wright and his teammate, Josh Reynolds, jump in celebration following a touchdown reception. This photo catches them in midair. Wright has his back to the camera, but seems to be holding the football to his chest. Reynolds throws his hands in the air in celebration.
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Detroit Lions tight end Brock Wright (89) celebrates his touchdown reception with Josh Reynolds (8) during an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Detroit, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

After an underwhelming opening to the NFL season, the Detroit Lions are making news as potential playoff contenders. Meanwhile, in Ann Arbor, Jim Harbaugh is rumored to be leaving the University of Michigan Wolverines to return to a career in the NFL.

Nick Baumgardner, a senior writer with The Athletic, caught us up on all the football news that's unfolded over the past week.


Nick Baumgardner, senior writer, The Athletic


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Ronia Cabansag is a producer for Stateside. She comes to Michigan Radio from Eastern Michigan University, where she earned a BS in Media Studies & Journalism and English Linguistics with a minor in Computer Science.