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Discussion: Where do the Detroit Lions currently rank in the NFC, NFL?

The Lions currently hold the No. 3 seed in the NFC, but where do you think they stack up against the rest of the competition?

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Despite a couple of recent suspect performances against the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, the Detroit Lions still hold the No. 3 seed in the NFC, and are tied for the fourth-best record in the NFL. When it comes to the national media and their perception of the Lions, they are still considered to be a top-eight team in the league. That leads us to our Question of the Day...

Where would you currently rank the Lions in the NFC and NFL?

My answer:

Here is where I see the Lions stacking up against the rest of the competition at the moment:

NFC

  1. Eagles
  2. 49ers
  3. Cowboys
  4. Lions

NFL

  1. Eagles
  2. Ravens
  3. 49ers
  4. Chiefs
  5. Cowboys
  6. Dolphins
  7. Lions

Even though the Lions have been struggling, I still think they have proved that they belong in the upper echelon of the NFL. At the top, I think it’s pretty clear that the Eagles and Ravens are your two best teams. The Eagles are in the middle of a tough stretch of games and somehow keep managing to escape with a win no matter how tough the opponent is. That’s a well-oiled machine right there.

The Ravens hold the best record in the AFC (9-3) and have won six of their last seven games. Many of their wins have come in dominating fashion, with six of their nine wins having been won by at least a 10-point margin, and three by 25 or more points.

I think there is a case to be made to have the Chiefs lower on the list and maybe have the Lions above them considering they beat them in a head-to-head matchup, plus the Chiefs haven’t exactly been lights out either. But as of now, I feel that it’s unwise to bet against the defending champions, and I expect them to get even better as we inch closer to the playoffs.

The Cowboys are looking like the hottest team in the NFL right now, and have a point differential of +96 in just their last four wins alone. I wouldn’t consider myself a major believer in them quite yet, but it’s tough to ignore what they’re doing to inferior teams.

And lastly, I have the Dolphins barely edging out the Lions due to their explosive offense. Though they haven’t really beaten any of the top teams in the NFL, this is still a scary team with a ton of speed. I nearly put the Lions ahead of them, though.

Let’s hear your thoughts. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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