Since we last took a glance at the national power rankings, the Detroit Lions have wiped out, losing two consecutive games and looking terrible in the process. The power rankings reflect this, as the Lions have started to slide a bit more. Despite their bad play, the national scribes take their shots mostly at the zebras this week, after a terrible call directly aided in the Lions' seventh loss of the year.
ESPN: 20. Last Week: 19th. Dan Graziano notes that the Lions have lost three in a row since crawling back to .500 as he moves Detroit back down in the rankings, largely because they make too many mistakes. Not even Jim Schwartz, Graziano says, is immune. Though the rule which caused confusion is pathetic, Schwartz needs to do a better job of keeping calm in those situations.
CBS Sports: 23. Last Week: 22nd. Pete Prisco officially jumps off Detroit's bandwagon in 2012 declaring the Lions to be done, while adding "stick a fork in them." Clever. Either way, Prisco is right when he adds that the Detroit just hasn't been the same team they were a year ago. From week one until now, that has been painfully obvious. Nothing has gone right all year.
Fox Sports 19. Last Week: 19th. Brian Billick, being a former coach, is happy that Schwartz's error might have brought what he calls a "ridiculous rule" to light. If Thursday's loss did have one good consequence, it was that. Perhaps now, the NFL will lose one of the rules it has which are designed to hurt teams. That stuff is just unfair, no matter what team or coach it conspires against.
Pro Football Talk: 24. As expected, Mike Florio takes a crack at Ndamukong Suh's kick this week, but I think you'll agree this is a pretty good one. Florio says that the next time Schwartz improperly throws a red flag, Suh will kick him in the crotch. Not a bad idea. Perhaps Suh should be hunting for Scott Linehan's crotch any time he decides that running the ball twice in a row in the red zone is a good idea.
Sports Illustrated: 20. Last Week: 20. Don Banks is also upset at the rule which nailed Schwartz and his Lions this week, saying he's not making excuses for the team, but the rule should definitely be amended to fit the crime. Banks seems to think that a five yard delay of game penalty would be best, with the officials then going straight to the review booth. Seems fair, but then again, anything would so long as the current rule was changed.
Highest Ranking: 24th.
Lowest Ranking: 19th.
Their Overall Consensus? The Lions are probably done in 2012, thanks in large part to their inconsistent play. Despite this, it doesn't change the fact that the way the team lost last week (on a strange rule technicality) was complete bunk. That rule will now hopefully be changed, as a result of the Lions getting completely hosed.
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