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Power Rankings: No. 12 Detroit Lions

12/3/2013

A weekly examination of the Lions' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 24 | Last Week: 13 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

A 30-point win against a floundering team didn't do much for the Detroit Lions' Power Ranking this week. The Lions did move up, but only jumped up one spot after annihilating the Packers 40-10. That isn't surprising considering the Lions' inconsistent nature. One week, they lose at home to a team under .500. The next, they blow out a team that is in theory still in the playoff picture. Just the way it's been for Detroit this season.

Detroit is the seventh-highest-rated team in the NFC, but really has a chance to make a move up the rankings Sunday if the Lions beat Philadelphia on the road. The Eagles are ranked No. 10. Also, the Lions have now faced the Nos. 8 (Cincinnati), 11 (Dallas), 13 (Arizona) and 15 (Chicago) teams in the Power Rankings, and after playing the Eagles, they take on No. 14 Baltimore the following week.