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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 11 Detroit Lions

By Michael Rothstein

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

Preseason: 24 | Last Week: 9 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

After the way Detroit lost on Sunday in Pittsburgh -- with every part of the Lions’ game failing in some form -- there was no way they were going to stay as a top-10 team. If anything, I thought Detroit might drop a little more in this week’s Power Rankings instead of the two spots it fell. Of course, that the Lions fell behind the Bears is also a little bit curious, especially since Detroit swept Chicago this season.

But this range, between ninth and 13th, is probably where Detroit will live the rest of the year. The Lions aren’t quite elite but are certainly better than a majority of teams in the NFL. The question will remain whether that is good enough to earn them a playoff spot six weeks from now. That is just how it is sometimes in the NFL. A week ago, Detroit appeared to be in a comfortable position for a playoff berth. Now the Lions look like they have to win the division to ensure that. Who knows what’ll happen next week?