A major comeback in Cleveland helped the Detroit Lions pull out a second half win. Thanks to that gritty effort, which was powered by Joseph Fauria's three touchdowns, the national media is impressed both by the new tight end and the Lions' suddenly rugged psyche.
The Lions have now won as many games as they did in 2012, and rebounded nicely winning a road game they had to have after losing to Green Bay. As a result, there's little movement in the rankings, as Detroit remains just on the edge of the top ten.
ESPN: 11th. Last Week: 12th. The Lions move up one this week in ESPN's rankings, and along the way, the statistical dominance of Joseph Fauria is shown. As ESPN notes, quarterback Matthew Stafford is 4-6 on end zone throws to Fauria and 3-10 to all other Detroit receivers. He's big enough, but certainly anyone would expect to replace "Fauria" with "Calvin Johnson" in that statistic.
CBS Sports: 11th. Last Week: 12th. Pete Prisco notes the Lions' win in Cleveland wasn't pretty, but also remembers to include the important fact: they did get the job done. Considering the fact that the Lions made a habit out of losing such games last year, the comeback can only represent signs of life.
Fox Sports: 9th. Last Week: 9th. Speaking of exceptional statistics, Brian Billick lays one on Detroit fans this week. Last year, Reggie Bush only enjoyed one game where he went from over 125 yards from scrimmage. This year? He's got three already. Cheers to a new offensive approach.
Pro Football Talk: 9th. Last Week: 11th. Mike Florio is the latest to hop on the Fauria bandwagon, saying after all of Detroit's wasted high picks on pass catchers, it's fitting that the Lions found Fauria without having to spend a draft pick. Really, he's right. Wasn't it time Detroit discovered a hidden gem?
NFL.com: 10th. Last Week: 10th. Elliot Harrison admitted he accidently mistook Fauria for Brandon Pettigrew this weekend on a touchdown, while saying that Pettigrew's bad reputation for not coming through in the clutch is safe. He has improved in recent weeks, but has not found the end zone nor come close. Fauria, meanwhile, just catches touchdowns.
Highest Rank: 9th.
Lowest Rank: 11th.
Their Overall Consensus: Quietly, the Lions played a good game against Cleveland and got a big win after a tough loss. Fauria has been quite a find, and the Lions continue to have offensive success.
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