The Detroit Lions went into last week's game against the Carolina Panthers on the verge of jumping into the top 10 in NFL power rankings. Actually, they were already in the top 10 in one set of power rankings, but they went in the wrong direction this week after falling to the Panthers on Sunday. Here's a look at where the Lions are now ranked:
- SB Nation: 19th (down from 12th)
- NFL.com: 19th (down from 15th)
- ESPN: 18th (down from 13th)
- CBS Sports: 18th (down from 12th)
- FOX Sports: 15th (down from 9th)
- Pro Football Talk: 17th (down from 15th)
FOX Sports, which had the Lions ninth last week, still has them in the top 15. In the other power rankings, however, the Lions are now on the verge of falling out of the top 20.
The Green Bay Packers, which will play the Lions on Sunday at Ford Field, are currently ranked seventh (SB Nation), eighth (NFL.com), eighth (ESPN), 10th (CBS Sports), 10th (FOX Sports) and fourth (Pro Football Talk). Yes, despite having the same record as the Lions (1-1) and needing a big comeback at home just to beat the New York Jets, the Packers are a consensus top-10 team. I suppose that's no surprise given their track record of success over the years, but it's interesting how the perception of the Packers and Lions is so different despite each team having one win and one loss to start the season.