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NFL Power Rankings: Lions fall further down rankings after loss

The Detroit Lions' loss to the Indianapolis Colts all but permanently knocked them out of the playoff race and down power rankings across the league.

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The Detroit Lions suffered another loss on Sunday that left fans in disbelief -- this time it was at the hands of Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts, who stormed back for a 35-33 win over the Lions. That loss dropped the Lions to 4-8 on the season, ending their playoff hopes and knocking them down the various power rankings alongside teams that weren't projected to be on Detroit's level at the beginning of the season.

SB Nation's Power Rankings have the Lions at No. 22 sandwiched in between the Tennessee Titans and New York Jets. Joel Thorman wonders if "there are going to be any changes in Detroit after this season," a sentiment that will be common as the offseason nears. Over at ESPN, the Lions clock in at No. 21, down a spot from last week, and are called "among the league's most disappointing teams." At CBS, Pete Prisco has Detroit at No. 24 and says that "they just aren't good enough on defense," which no Lions fan would argue after last week's showing.

A loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night probably won't push the Lions down much further than this -- especially with teams like Philadelphia, Cleveland and Arizona below them -- but a win could see them jump back up into the top 20 of these rankings.