Saturday, November 21, 2020

Detroit Lions Week 11 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Detroit Lions rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 21.2 (20th)
  • Best ranking: 19th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 25th (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Lions in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 25

It should've been obvious when D'Andre Swift scored in the third quarter that the Lions were going to blow their 24-3 lead. We just didn't know at the time exactly how they would do it. It didn't even take that long. Washington tied the game at 24 with 6:09 left, but Matt Prater hit a 59-yard game-winning field goal to give the Lions the eventual 30-27 victory as time ran out. Matthew Stafford, D'Andre Swift and the offense looked good. The defense got shredded and is officially the worst in the league, overtaking the Jaguars for the bottom spot.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 20

They are now 4-5 and still in the playoff race. Matt Patricia always seems to win a game just when it looks like his time is up.

USA Today -- Rank: 19

Nice to see rookie RB D'Andre Swift have a breakthrough game with 149 total yards ... but why did it take this long to start him?

ESPN -- Rank: 22

What would they take back: The fourth-quarter strategy against Chicago

The Lions were up 17 points in the season opener against the Bears before suffering a collapse, resulting in a 27-24 defeat after D'Andre Swift dropped a pass in the end zone on the Lions' final drive. The combination of Detroit's conservative offensive play in the fourth quarter, a decision to try a long field goal that backfired and the team's insistence on heavy man coverage turned a win into a loss and altered the immediate tenor of the season. -- Michael Rothstein -- Rank: 20

Listen, we don't know how the Lions are 4-5, either. It snuck up on all of us, so let's all just try to remain calm and see where this thing goes. Matt Prater's 59-yard field goal as time expired was the difference on Sunday in a 30-27 win over the Washington Football Team. It snapped a seven-game home losing streak for the Lions at Ford Field, a stretch that covered more than a calendar year. Did they blow a 21-point lead to one of pro football's least inspiring offenses? Yes. Have the Lions under Matt Patricia demonstrated repeatedly that they are allergic to extended success? Sure. But Detroit won't play another team that currently has a winning record until the middle of December. A path to relevance is there. Will they take it?

Previous update: Detroit Lions Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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