Apparently, not everyone thinks the Detroit Lions are deserving of their 5-2 record. Sure, they've lost two games in a row, but they can afford it with, again, a 5-2 record. It's not as though they lost and purpose, but they discovered a weakness or two that they'll need to iron out after their bye week. But ESPN dropped them two points and CBS Sports dropped them three points in their Week 8 NFL power rankings.
The Lions' defense has been run through the past two weeks, and that has to be a concern for coach Jim Schwartz. Likewise, the lack of a running game, or a runner for that matter, may prove to be a problem for the Lions, who are coming up on a difficult part of their schedule
They're at number 11, down four spots from their previous spot at seven. That's the lowest they are on any of the major power rankings, but the reasoning is sound. Jahvid Best is hurt. Matthew Stafford might be hurt. The defense is just lagging behind right now.
It's been a tough couple weeks for the Detroit Lions. After starting the season 5-0, they've dropped their last two games against the 49ers and the Falcons.The result has been a drop down NFL power rankings from a top-five team to just barely inside the top ten. They've dropped a point, two points, and this week, we've got somebody dropping them a whole three points.
CBS Sports puts them at number nine, down three spots:
9. Two consecutive losses has the Lions reeling heading into their trip to play the Tebows in Denver. They have to hope Matt Stafford can go.
The Lions haven't been able to stop the run and Jahvid Best has been out with a concussion. They're still in the top ten, which is good, and probably a point of pride for Lions fans whose team wasn't even expected to do this good, when it all comes down to it. If Matthew Stafford can go, they have to be favored over the Broncos.
The Detroit Lions continue to drop in NFL power rankings, following their second straight loss, the most recent to the Atlanta Falcons. Most week 8 ranking shave the Lions falling a couple spots, but they are generally maintaining their top ten presence. Fans are probably hating the fact, but if you consider where they were at in the preseason, how many would have been totally fine with a spot in the top ten power rankings around week eight? Probably all of them.
ESPN has dropped the Lions two points in their latest power rankings:
8. More troubling than the lack of a running game for the Lions is their inability to stop the run. (Clayton)
It's true. Frank Gore and the rest of the 49ers rushing attack gashed them for 200+ yards, and their inability to stop the run against the Falcons seriously hampered them. The Lions may be dropping, but they're still sitting at 5-2 and second place in their division. If they can stop the run and not get behind in games, their offense, with or without Jahvid Best, should be capable.