A big comeback in Philadelphia provided the Detroit Lions with a season saving win and plenty of positive momentum. Suddenly, a team which looked like they couldn't grab the big win was clutch once more. How far will this temporary momentum actually carry? Nobody knows just yet.
For one week, anyhow, it shows up in the national power rankings. The Lions finally move forward just a bit, and in two cases, they move out of the middle 20s. After things were looking increasingly desperate not two weeks ago, that's a solid place to start.
ESPN: 19th. Last Week: 20th. Dan Graziano isn't ready to anoint the Lions' slump over just yet, pointing out that despite the comeback there were still penalties and bad plays. Graziano says the lions beg you to beat them, but if you don't, Matthew Stafford can rip out your heart. So true, as he was captain clutch yet again on Sunday.
CBS Sports: 22nd. Last Week: 22nd. Pete Prisco admit that the Lions' comeback in Philadelphia was huge, given that the season was likely on the line. Surprisingly, we're not going to take issue with anything he said this week.
Fox Sports: 17th. Last Week: 23rd. Brian Billick lays down the facts numbers wise. The Lions, he says, only converted on 3 of 13 third downs and committed 16 penalties all while never scoring off Philadelphia's turnovers. Still, they won. Putting Billick's words in perspective, If they play much better, chances are they could still turn this season around drastically.
Pro Football Talk: 21st. Last Week: 23rd. It's the return of funny Mike Florio this week, who was wrong about the Lions being 1-4 after playing the Eagles.. After the Lions' comeback win on Sunday which saw defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh play well, Florio quipped "Suh seems to play better after being sued." Hopefully, even if this is true, he doesn't make it a repeating pattern. We like you better when you're funny, Mike.
Sports Illustrated: 22nd. Last Week: 23rd. A nice gesture by Don Banks, who takes time out of his Lions write up to remember Alex Karras. Banks says he'd like to think that the Lions won for Karras last weekend, but he remembered that few Lions' players would actually remember him from his playing and acting days. Maybe just maybe there was a little mojo courtesy of the Mad Duck in that fourth quarter which helped drive Detroit forward.
Highest Ranking: 17th
Lowest Ranking: 23rd
Their Overall Consensus? The Lions surprised many by playing well on the road last weekend and rallying to save their season. Despite all of the obvious problems in the game, a win is still a win, and Detroit enjoyed several good performances from Stafford to Suh which helped them complete the comeback and temporarily save the season.
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