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

December 21st, 2012 at 1:56 PM
By Max DeMara

Oh boy. On the heels of a blowout loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the national media has justly put the Detroit Lions in the cellar of the power rankings this week. There's no getting out of this one. The Lions have plummeted to the complete bottom, after a performance which made it look like they had given up. Quite frankly, they've got nobody to blame but themselves for the embarrassing words below.

ESPN: 28th. Last Week: 25th. Dan Graziano is the first to offer his shellacking this week, as he says Detroit's performance over the weekend was a total meltdown. Graziano also agrees with the notion that the Lions have quit on the season. Hard to disagree with anything said.

CBS Sports: 28th. Last Week: 25th. Count Pete Prisco among the legions of people who think the Lions quit last week. His succinct analysis? "Did they quit? It sure looked like it. Not a good showing." Not at all.

Fox Sports: 28th. Last Week: 23rd. Brian Billick tries desperately to stay in the light this week by offering some positive words. He notes a statistical feat, saying Calvin Johnson now has seven consecutive 100 yard receiving games. Like Billick says, at least the Lions have that going for them. Not much else right now, though.

Pro Football Talk: 29th. Last Week: 28th. We mocked Mike Florio for moving the Lions down as far as he did the previous week. Perhaps he knew something we didn't know. That projection looks spot on right now, as the Lions drop yet another spot in his rankings and are sinking across the board. Now, Florio says the Lions are the spoilers who couldn't spoil milk. Nice perception, Mike.

Sports Illustrated: 28th. Last Week: 24th. Don Banks points out that the Lions and Saints are the only two playoff teams from 2011 who are without at least seven wins and still in contention. From 10 wins to 10 losses is ugly, and knowing what Banks said should make taking a hard look at Jim Schwartz this offseason easy for Detroit's ownership and front office.

The Rundown:

Lowest Rank: 28th.

Highest Rank: 29th.

Their Overall Consensus? The Lions, who look to have given up completely on 2012, are one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL given where they were last season and where they've gone. As for what to watch in the final two weeks? Other than Calvin Johnson's pursuit of a record, there's not much left.

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

Tags: Calvin Johnson, Detroit, Detroit Lions, Football, Jim Schwartz, NFL

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