Friday, October 13, 2023

Detroit Lions Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Detroit Lions in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

Fantasy surprise: WR Josh Reynolds

Reynolds has quietly been one of the steadiest offensive weapons for the Lions, with the second most receiving yards (291) and third-most targets (24) through the first five games. He also has three receiving touchdowns, and the connection with Lions QB Jared Goff dates back to their early years of playing together for the Rams. More notable names like Amon-Ra St. Brown, Jahmyr Gibbs -- and even Goff -- were top fantasy picks for Detroit entering the year, but Reynolds has certainly started strong. -- Eric Woodyard -- Rank: 5

The Lions dropped 42 on the Panthers without Amon-Ra St. Brown or Jahmyr Gibbs (and others), which only enhances what they've accomplished through Week 5. Even though it came against winless Carolina, this victory shouldn't be overlooked. Good teams take care of business against lesser teams. Doing so convincingly despite the absence of key contributors on both sides of the ball is the hallmark of a great team. It's OK to say it aloud -- the Lions are now in that category. They've won 12 of 15 games dating back to 2022, triumphing at Arrowhead and Lambeau this season and becoming the clear-cut NFC North faves. Even with defensive injuries mounting -- poor Emmanuel Moseley is the latest, having suffered a second torn ACL in as many years -- the Lions have a great chance to end a 32-year playoff-win drought.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 5

They face a tough road game in Tampa against the Buccaneers this week. This team is for real at 4-1 under Dan Campbell.

USA Today -- Rank: 3

For all the focus on rookie Jahmyr Gibbs, it's veteran RB David Montgomery who's fueled a ground game with more rushes than any team in the league save two. Sunday, Montgomery became the first Detroit rusher to top 100 yards in consecutive games since ... Kevin Jones in 2004.

The Athletic -- Rank: 4

Second-round tight end Sam LaPorta is one of the best rookies in the league and a big reason the Lions are fourth in the league in scoring (29.6). LaPorta leads all tight ends with 25 catches for 289 yards. Throw in the fact that running back Jahmyr Gibbs has shown flashes and second-round safety Brian Branch might be a star, and Detroit is in the running for the best draft of 2023, not to mention the third-best team in the NFC.

FOX -- Rank: 7

I think it means something that the Lions were able to thrash an overmatched opponent. I'm not trying to be mean, but Detroit just isn't a team that's used to being a 10-point favorite. I think it matters that the Lions had the poise and maturity to get up for a bad opponent and never give them a chance.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 6

The Lions have entered the tier of teams that can be without offensive standouts like Amon-Ra St. Brown and Jahmyr Gibbs and it doesn't matter. Also, we're soon going to have to talk about Aidan Hutchinson as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate.

PFT -- Rank: 5

They know how to win the games they should, which is one of the key ingredients to being great.

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