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

December 25th, 2013 at 10:45 AM
By Max DeMara

The Detroit Lions gave their fans yet another lump of coal just before the holiday season, so it's only fitting that the national media is beginning to pile on and lump the team with more criticism as the season comes to a close.

'Ford Field' photo (c) 2008, Kevin Ward - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

After spending much of the season within the top ten and even near the top five, the Lions took their usual dip into the lower half of the rankings this week. Losing out when in perfect playoff position will do that. Here's this week's power rankings report which sees the Lions plummet.

ESPN: 20th. Last Week: 17th. The Lions are falling down the ESPN rankings, and as they write, since a victory over the Chicago Bears in week 10, Detroit has collected 21 turnovers and gone 1-5. Nothing like more cold, hard facts to hammer home that change is needed.

CBS Sports: 18th. Last Week: 16th. Pete Prisco has been on the fire Jim Schwartz bandwagon for a while now, and he wonders if Schwartz will coach his last game with the team on Sunday. Considering everything that's gone on, it should be the case.

Fox Sports: 20th. Last Week: 15th. Brian Billick says it was a tragic collapse in Detroit, and references that he's only talking about the football team. More bad press for Schwartz and company.

Pro Football Talk: 23rd. Last Week: 20th. Mike Florio likely has the opinion that many Lions' fans have. If the Lions can't win the NFC North considering what's happened in the 2013 season, maybe they never will. Perhaps it will be easier if they hire a new coach.

NFL.com: 20th. Last Week: 17th. Elliott Harrison calls the Jim Schwartz era "over," while wondering how the Lions' receivers drop so many passes. Either way, Harrison salutes the loyal fans of Detroit, and urges them to stick with the team.

The Rundown:

Highest Ranking: 23rd

Lowest Ranking: 18th

Their Overall Consensus: The Lions, thanks to drops and turnovers, have fallen apart down the stretch and blown their once insurmountable looking divisional lead frustrating their loyal fans. As a result, Jim Schwartz is probably done coaching in Detroit.

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

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