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NFL Power Rankings: Lions Make Top 10

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The Detroit Lions were ranked No. 9 in the latest NFL power rankings.

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The Detroit Lions have been ranked ninth in SB Nation's latest NFL power rankings, a ranking based on the simple but explosive potential off the Lions offense:

9. Detroit Lions (LW: 11): Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson. Repeat.

In the 2011 season Megatron had 16 touchdowns with 96 catches for 1681 yards, including 10 for more than 40 yards. Judging by the preseason that's likely to continue: Johnson and Stafford connected for 178 yards on nine receptions with two touchdowns in four games, including three for more than 20 yards and one for 57 yards.

Stafford's 2011 line included a 63.5 percent completion rate and 5,038 yards with 64 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Perhaps Stafford's most meaningful stat from 2011 was that he started all 16 games, leading to big expectations from him and Johnson in 2012.

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