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2012 NFL Power Rankings: Lions drop to No. 17 after loss to Vikings

After their Week 10 loss to the Vikings, the Lions fell to No. 17 in the latest SB Nation Power Rankings.

Andy King

The Detroit Lions dropped a spot in the latest SB Nation Power Rankings after a Week 10 loss on the road to the Vikings. Adrian Peterson got loose against the Lions defense and rolled for 171 yards, pushing Detroit back below .500. The Lions had won two straight to steadily move back up the Power Rankings, but the loss to Minnesota resulted in Joel Thorman moving them back down to No. 17:

17. Detroit Lions (LW: 16, 4-5): I feel bad for Lions fans. The only thing worse than having a crappy team is when you thought that crappy team would actually be good. A little thing called expectations, something that hasn't hit Detroit very often.

With seven games remaining, the Lions are last in a highly competitive NFC North. They are one game back of the Vikings in the loss column but they'll need to start a win streak right away to chase down the Packers and Bears over the final two months of the season.

They'll have a shot to do that right away, as the Packers pay their annual visit to Ford Field in Week 11. It's the start of a three-game stretch at home that will be crucial if the Lions want to enter any kind of playoff discussion as the season comes to a close.