DETROIT - Just last week, many had the Detroit Lions in the top teir of their power rankings list - some even had them near the top.
After a loss to Carolina at home on Sunday, the Lions have lost some of that power rankings shine.
The Lions are now in 2nd place in the NFC North with a 3-2 record and a road game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Here's where the Lions are ranking after their loss to the Panthers:
ESPN: Lions - No. 14 (Down from No. 9): 34.6 percent chance. The Lions have the eighth-best playoff chances in the NFC. Matthew Stafford has been sacked 18 times this season (tied for third most), however, and if the Lions continue to struggle protecting him, their chances might continue to slip.
Yahoo Sports: Lions - No. 9 (Down from No. 7): The Lions defense had been quite good, but how do you let Ed Dickson torch you for 175 yards? One bad game doesn’t mean their defense is regressing to what it has been the past few years, but it is a little troubling. Also troubling is Matthew Stafford has a sprained ankle and reportedly a hamstring injury too. I’d bet on Stafford playing this week, but it’s not good news.
Washington Post: Lions - No. 9 (Down from No. 6): The Lions are good but perhaps not quite good enough to match up with the NFC’s best teams, as narrow losses to the Falcons and Panthers demonstrate. Now QB Matthew Stafford is dealing with hamstring and ankle injuries heading into Sunday’s game at New Orleans.
NBC Sports: Lions - No. 7 (Up from No. 8): The Lions were in control at the start of their game vs. Carolina and were resilient at the end of it, but they lost because they fell asleep for the middle and gave up 24 unanswered points. They’ve come up short their last two times in their place vs. the Falcons and Panthers, blowing two opportunities to take down other NFC contenders.
NY Daily News: Lions - No. 8 (Down from No. 4): Detroit plummets out of the Top 5 after Matthew Stafford took a beating in a home loss to Carolina. The good news: The toothless Saints defense is on the docket this week.
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