Saturday, November 20, 2021

Detroit Lions Week 11 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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:

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Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Lions in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 32

Most important remaining game: Nov. 25 vs. Bears

Still in search of their first victory, the Lions are playing for pride in coach Dan Campbell's first season. The playoffs are obviously out of the picture, but the Thanksgiving Day game has been a staple in the franchise's history since 1934. If they lose every other game, the one game they do want to win is this annual holiday classic, with NFL fans all across the world watching as they enjoy their turkey and dressing. Ironically, the holiday matchup first kicked off against the Bears more than eight decades ago, so this is always a big deal. This year is no different. -- Eric Woodyard -- Rank: 30

The good news is obvious: The Lions didn't lose on Sunday, which counts as undeniable progress for a team that went into its bye at 0-8. That said, Detroit let another second-half lead slip away and failed to seize the moment when a thoroughly spooked Ryan Santoso badly missed a 48-yard attempt in overtime that would have sent the host Steelers to the locker room in shame. After the game, an exasperated Dan Campbell likened the game -- and his first season as Lions coach, we surmise -- to living in The Twilight Zone, a strange and mysterious place where nothing is quite what it seems. "We didn't win, but we didn't lose, either," Campbell said. "All you can ask for is improvement and we improved."

CBS Sports -- Rank: 32

The good news is they won't be going 0-17. The bad news is they still haven't won yet after tying the Steelers. They're getting closer.

USA Today -- Rank: 31

They got half a win and came out on the winning end of the Matthew Stafford trade ... at least, for one week.

The Athletic -- Rank: 32

Steal a player: Lamar Jackson, Ravens quarterback

We thought about putting Brady here, just to see what he's really made of. We also thought about saying Matthew Stafford, just to be mean, honestly. But Jackson is the only real choice. The woeful Lions need everything. No one in the NFL brings a little bit of everything like Jackson, who had 499 yards (the 16th-most in a single game in NFL history) against the Colts earlier this year. Sorry, Lamar.

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