The Detroit Lions halted any momentum that was building for a strong second half of the season with their 34-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The Lions had won two consecutive games and three of their last four before losing at Minnesota.
The loss dropped the Lions to 4-5 for the season, leaving them in last place in the NFC North division standings. NFL writers took note of the Lions' record dropping below .500 again, pushing Detroit down their NFL team rankings.
The Lions are No. 17 in SB Nation's NFL power rankings for Week 11. Joel Thorman points out that Detroit's high expectations heading into the season make the team's current record that much tougher on fans.
ESPN's power rankings has the Lions at No. 17, noting both the offense and defense have too many holes to keep pace in the difficult NFC North. Pete Prisco's CBSSports.com power rankings dropped Detroit to No. 20 but thinks the Lions have a chance to turn around a disappointing season starting with their game against the Green Bay Packers this week.