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How the Detroit Lions Rate: Rounding up Week Fifteen’s NFL Power Rankings

December 18th, 2013 at 10:50 AM
By Max DeMara

After a tough loss on Monday Night Football, things aren't looking great for the Detroit Lions' playoff hopes, and consequently, things aren't looking good for the team in the national power rankings, either.

'Ford Field' photo (c) 2006, Kevin Ward - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

People are jumping ship on the Lions one by one, moving them down the rankings and getting their shots in. Detroit has no reason to feel sorry, as they put themselves in this position with a set of memorable collapses over the last few weeks. Here's more as the Lions begin their skyrocket down the rankings with two weeks left in the season.

ESPN: 17th. Last Week: 12th. ESPN moves the Lions down nearly out of the top 20 this week with a statistic about Matthew Stafford's fourth quarter passing. In his past five games, he's only completed 32 percent of his passes in the final quarter of the game. As ESPN says, imagine if he played in Dallas. Bad numbers, and that's not even to bring up the interceptions.

CBS Sports: 16th. Last Week: 12th. Pete Prisco stops short of using his usual Lions insults this week, simply stating that they don't control their own destiny anymore, and losing four of five will do that to a football team. That really puts everything in perspective. It's been an epic, stunning collapse, even for the Lions.

Fox Sports: 15th. Last Week: 11th. Brian Billick adds to the pain by making things even more black and white. As he says, with one kick of the ball, the Lions fell from the fourth seed all the way to the ninth seed in the AFC. Talk about an epic hole to dig out of.

Pro Football Talk: 20th. Last Week: 18th. The Lions don't fall far for Mike Florio, but they were already plummeting on his ledger. As he says, talented but underachieving teams find a way to fall apart in December. It seems to always happen under Jim Schwartz, which is a referendum on his abilities.

NFL.com: 18th. Last Week: 13th. Elliott Harrison reacts like plenty of Lions' fans to the loss, saying it was unbelievable that the Lions gave up a third and 15, unbelievable that they lost on a 61 yard field goal, and unbelievable that Matthew Stafford would make such a bad throw on the game's final drive. Harrison called it a ridiculous loss. Really, there's no better way to describe the entire thing.

The Rundown

Highest Rank: 20th

Lowest Rank: 15th

Their Overall Consensus: The Lions are a talented but underachieving team, which is why they have fallen apart down the stretch again in December. The loss to the Ravens was maddening, considering how it happened. The Lions' playoff hopes are officially on thin ice.

Max DeMara is the managing editor of Lions 101. You can find him on this site's Twitter @detroitlions101

Tags: Detroit, Detroit Lions, Football, Matthew Stafford, NFL

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