Will Ford Field be a true home-field advantage?


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
DETROIT -- Don't know about you, but I'm curious to see (and hear) how Lions fans react early on during the first game of the PM (Post-Millen) era.

It seems a long time ago, but it's been less than two weeks since Lions owner William Clay Ford fired president/general manager Matt Millen. That move removes the most negative wind from the sail of Lions fans, most of whom made a habit in recent years of chanting "Fire Millen" and displaying variously creative placards that sent the same message.

The reality is this is the same group of players and coaches who went 4-0 in the preseason and then opened the regular season 0-3. Millen's departure will have little to no immediate impact on the on-field product, one way or the other.

But now that the shroud has lifted, will Lions fans react with seven years' worth of pent-up glee? Or will they wait, pensively, for something good to happen first on the field?

I've been here for plenty of awfully quiet days at Ford Field. If nothing else, perhaps the Lions will get a rare home-field advantage out of it.

I'm going to go take a stroll on the concourse here in a bit and will let you know what I pick up.