Saturday, November 11, 2023

Detroit Lions Week 10 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 10 roundup for the Detroit Lions in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

Non-QB MVP: WR Amon-Ra St. Brown

The Pro Bowl receiver was named one of six team captains for the 2023 season and has continued to build on a great start to his NFL career. St. Brown might not be the most vocal person in the locker room, but his work ethic and production speaks for itself. He has five 100-yard receiving games this season, helping Detroit to a 6-2 start for the first time since 2014. He pushed through an illness to help the Lions beat the Raiders on "Monday Night Football" on Oct. 30 -- finishing with six receptions for 108 yards. Performances like that one have inspired his teammates and the coaching staff. "That was not the best he's felt, but like a true warrior he just sucked it up and he went," coach Dan Campbell said after the game. -- Eric Woodyard -- Rank: 5

The Week 9 bye allowed for some unnecessary navel gazing, especially for a team that hasn't won its division in 30 years. But seriously, look at the Lions' remaining schedule: Five of the nine games are on the road, but only four games left are against teams currently over .500. Two of those games are against the Vikings, who no longer have Kirk Cousins. One is at New Orleans, where the Saints are 2-2 after struggling in a win over Chicago. The Lions also face the 2-7 Bears twice, plus the 3-5 Broncos. Detroit capturing the NFC North isn't a fait accompli, but it's getting there. Jahmyr Gibbs breaking out in their last game was a massive development, as he and the soon-to-return David Montgomery could be very important come playoff time.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 6

They come off their bye with a tough road trip to play the Chargers. They have to feel good about their first half in a lot of ways.

USA Today -- Rank: 7

During three starts so far, rookie RB Jahmyr Gibbs has a league-best 132.3 yards from scrimmage per game. Maybe keep him in the starting lineup even with war hammer RB David Montgomery set to return from a rib injury?

The Athletic -- Rank: 4

Report card: A-plus

The Lions have gone from 3-13 to 9-8 to now 6-2 in head coach Dan Campbell's three seasons. Detroit's only two losses have come against Seattle and Baltimore, and it is second in the league in yards per game (390.6) and fifth in yards allowed per game (296.9). And this is not a team that has mortgaged its future. The Lions are eighth in the league in available cap space for 2024 ($73.3 million), according to Over the Cap.

FOX -- Rank: 5

Now begins the Lions' push for the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Maybe that sounds presumptuous, but only one of Detroit's next six opponents currently has a winning record. If they're for real, this is where they start stacking wins.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 4

David Montgomery could return in Week 10. He was playing very well before he got hurt, and he'll return as rookie Jahmyr Gibbs is coming off a monster game with 189 yards from scrimmage. The Montgomery/Gibbs running back combination might not be great for your fantasy team, but it will be an elite combination for the Lions the rest of the way.

PFT -- Rank: 7

The run for the top seed starts now.

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