The Detroit Lions won the big game they needed to, hammering the Green Bay Packers at home 40-10 to take control of the NFC North on Thanksgiving Day. Then, the Chicago Bears lost to the Minnesota Vikings, helping the Lions look like a surer thing in the standings and leaving plenty to be thankful for.
Did that help the Lions in the power rankings or in the minds of the national media? Not exactly. While the win was impressive, many are still wondering if the Lions can put away the division, and Detroit moves into the top ten in only one ballot this week. Here's more from the national minds on where the Lions stand.
ESPN: 12th. Last Week: 13th. ESPN moves up the Lions up one spot and points out an interesting fact. Only one team has had more sacks in a game than the Lions this season after sacking Matt Flynn seven times. Ziggy Ansah himself leads rookies in sacks, and Detroit's defensive line is finally starting to jell.
CBS Sports: 12th. Last Week: 13th. Pete Prisco also moves the Lions up one spot, but pushes pause on Detroit's effort against Green Bay, considering the Packers were without Aaron Rodgers. Prisco will be watching a tough test with the Eagles, and he's right to. The Lions are far from a sure thing at this point.
Fox Sports: 10th. Last Week: 14th. Brian Billick's analysis is succinct. As he says, the Lions out-gained the Packers by 435 yards. Billick adds "wow" to the end of his sentence, and ends his report on the Lions for one week. As Prisco said, however, that was without Rogers. Despite that, the Lions' defensive line was as engaged and active as they have been at any time.
Pro Football Talk: 13th. Last Week: 14th. As Mike Florio notes, the Lions had some fun on Thanksgiving for a change. The win was a long time coming for Detroit, who was winless on their big day since 2003. To change their perception in the minds of those like Florio who likely want them off the national telecast, the win was important.
NFL.com: 10th. Last Week: 11th. As Elliot Harrison says, the Lions' week was charmed considering the Vikings win, their own big victory and the Bears' loss. When Kevin Ogletree is making one handed catches, Harrison notes, it's a big NFL week. We'll see if the momentum can possibly continue.
Highest Rank: 10th
Lowest Rank: 13th
Their Overall Consensus: The Lions' big victory over the Packers, fueled by the success of the defense and specifically, the defensive line, was a major step in a good weekend. Still, despite the win, Detroit has a major test against Philadelphia this week and shouldn't be counted as a sure thing to win the NFC North just yet.
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