With the end of the regular season nearing, it seems that a pretty strong consensus is building for the top teams in the NFL. That's evidenced by the lack of real movement for the Detroit Lions in this week's NFL power rankings. Despite winning on Sunday, improving to 10-4 and jumping back into first place, there was very little movement from them this week:
- SB Nation: 8th (up from 9th)
- NFL.com: 8th (up from 9th)
- ESPN: 8th (up from 9th)
- CBS Sports: 10th (no change)
- FOX Sports: 6th (down from 5th)
The consensus for the Lions is that they're the eighth-best team in the NFL right now. Three sites have them in that exact spot, while CBS Sports has them two spots lower and FOX Sports has them two spots higher. This means that, on average, the Lions are ranked eighth in this week's NFL power rankings.
There's also a consensus for the Chicago Bears, which will play host to the Lions on Sunday. That consensus is that the Bears are a bad team, as they're currently ranked 26th on SB Nation, NFL.com, ESPN, CBS Sports and FOX Sports. Yes, every single site has them in the same spot toward the bottom of the NFL.
If the Lions want to maintain their standing in the top 10 and keep the Bears toward the bottom of the NFL, they need to win on Sunday. A Detroit victory would send the Lions to the postseason and ensure their place in the most important "power rankings" of all: the NFL playoffs.