The Detroit Lions scored their second big win in a row, downing the Chicago Bears last weekend behind a dominating effort. Now, the national media is buying Detroit, pushing them into the top ten of the national power rankings.
Reggie Bush is their star of the week, and everyone finds a way to laud his effort against the Bears. Otherwise, the national guys look ready to keep the Lions on their radar as a top team to watch with one quarter of the season in the books.
ESPN: 10th. Last Week: 18th. ESPN celebrates the accomplishments of Reggie Bush, saying he averages 5.7 yards per rush between the tackles. Against the Chicago Bears, Bush had 13 interior rushes for 121 yards and a touchdown. Henry Melton was missed.
CBS Sports: 9th. Last Week: 18th. Pete Prisco is buying into the Lions and vaulting them up his rankings, being they tied for the division lead. Prisco also lauds the addition of Bush, saying he has added a big dimension to the offense. As stats like the one above prove, that's true.
Fox Sports: 6th. Last Week: 18th. Brian Billick watched Detroit up close last weekend, and loved what he saw enough to make the Lions his biggest mover, In fact, Billick spreads more love for Bush, saying if Peyton Manning wasn't playing lights out, Bush would be his mid-season choice for MVP. High praise indeed.
Pro Football Talk: 7th. Last Week: 16th. Mike Florio continues the love affair for Bush, by comically saying any USC fans disappointed with their team's performance should just watch Bush running with the Lions. Though he sure looks like the collegiate version of the running back who dominated his opponents, not sure that would be enough for Trojan fans.
NFL.com: 7th. Last Week: 15th. Elliot Harrison heaps praise on the Lions, saying he'd put them up against the Chiefs for having the biggest comeback off last season's dismal finish. The difference? Harrison doesn't think Kansas City can topple the Broncos for the AFC West, while Detroit can beat Chicago and Green Bay for the NFC North. Either way, we'll learn this weekend, Harrison says.
Highest Rank: 6th
Lowest Rank: 10th.
Their Overall Consensus: The Lions, given the diverse contributions of Reggie Bush, look like a different offensive team, which showed against Chicago. Thanks to Bush's impact, the team might have a great chance of winning the NFC North division and reaching the playoffs.
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