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Week 17 power rankings: Lions fall below Packers, most NFC contenders

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The Lions are falling out of the top 10, and if they aren’t careful they’ll fall out of playoff contention, too.

NFL: Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

With the Detroit Lions’ butt-kicking at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys, you’d expect them to plummet in this week’s power rankings. However, with most of the league already out of a playoff spot, the Lions didn’t drop too far. In fact, in two lists, the Lions climbed a spot despite the drubbing. Take a look.

One common theme among all of these power rankings, however, is the Green Bay Packers being listed above the Lions in each and every list. This obviously makes a lot of sense right now. The Packers are technically leading the division right now, with both teams standing at 9-6 and Green Bay currently having the head-to-head tiebreaker. Green Bay is also riding a five-game winning streak, while the Lions are on a two-game skid.

Here’s a look at where the Packers rank after 16 weeks of football.

  • SB Nation - 9th
  • NFL.com - 6th
  • Yahoo! Sports - 6th
  • CBS Sports - 8th
  • USA Today - 6th
  • ESPN - 8th

Detroit can put all of the Packers love to rest with a win on Sunday night. A Lions win combined with a Washington win over New York would knock the Packers out of the playoffs completely. But first things first: win.