- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Staff Writer
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A weekly examination of the Lions’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 24 Last Week: 11 ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
A close 27-24 loss on Sunday to Cincinnati, decided on the final play of the game, did nothing to really change the perception of the Detroit Lions in this week’s rankings. The Lions stayed at No. 11 for the second straight week and are still in a good position for making a playoff run during the season's second half.
The potential good news here for the Lions is they have moved up to No. 6 among NFC teams in the rankings, and if they can finish sixth in the NFC standings, they’ll end up in the playoffs.
So why is Detroit at No. 11? Cincinnati exposed some defensive questions about the Lions, specifically their secondary. The Lions also didn’t get all that much defensive line pressure for the second straight week. Offensively, Detroit played fairly well, although the lack of a run game was a slight concern.