Sometimes power rankings are like managing your weight. It’s really easy to put on the pounds or drop in the power rankings, but it’s much harder to get rid of the weight or earn back the faith of NFL analysts.
This definitely seems to be the case for the Detroit Lions, who not only snapped their three-game losing streak on Monday, but dominated their rivals in a huge road victory.
After last week, many had decided that the Lions were, at best, a middle-of-the-road, kind of team. That opinion doesn’t seemed to have changed with a convincing win over the Green Bay Packers on Monday.
SB Nation (“hope rankings”): 14th (up 4)
ESPN: 16th (down 1)
Washington Post: 17th (up 9)
Bleacher Report (Simms): 15th (no change)
Yahoo! Sports: 15th (up 1)
USA Today: 16th (no change)
CBS: 16th (up 5)
NFL.com: 16th (up 2)
Aside from a huge jump from the Washington Post, who strangely had the Lions at 26th after their loss to Pittsburgh, no one seemed to care that Detroit won.
There could be a few reasons for this. First, not much is thought of the Packers right now. Without Aaron Rodgers, many believe this is a bottom tier team. In fact, Green Bay ranks in the bottom 10 in nearly all of the power rankings above, with a couple outlets having them as low as 27th.
The other reason is that many writers have their power rankings essentially finished by the time “Monday Night Football” rolls around. Having a deadline to meet, they don’t want to shuffle around their entire rankings at midnight on Monday. I’m not sure you can legitimately say that’s what is happening considering how bad the Packers are, but it probably has something to do with it.
Regardless of why the Lions didn’t move the needle this week, they probably won’t move it much next week either, as long as they can avoid disaster against the Cleveland Browns. Right now the winless Browns are almost a unanimous choice for the worst team in the league.
If the Lions don’t win on Sunday, they’ll have a lot more problems to deal with than their weekly power rankings.