Detroit Lions best NFL rebuild in Week 16 power rankings

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Let us examine what the media thought about the Detroit Lions , win over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Previous rank: th

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Sports Illustrated

Week 16 rank: 12th

Previous rank: 16th

We hoped, we prayed, we begged and we got it: Potentially meaningful Lions football at the end of the season. Dan Campbell taking down the rest of the league in a Royal Rumble fashion. The win by the Jets was necessary, as it showed Detroit that it can win when the opposing team is making one big play after the other.

Week 16 rank: 7th

Previous rank: 10th

The Lions can win ugly, too. The Grit Monsters of Dan Campbell went to the Meadowlands and struggled against a strong Jets defense. But it was too late. Facing fourth-and-inches at midfield with less than two minutes to play, offensive coordinator Ben Johnson (his head coach stock going up by the week) called a brilliant misdirection play that resulted in a 51-yard touchdown for Brock Wright. The Lions have won six out of seven games and are now in position to advance to the NFL playoffs if they defeat the Panthers. “A lot these close games are starting leaning more towards us than they,” stated Jared Goloff . “This hasn’t always been true around here. We believe in each others and know that someone’s going make a play for it. “


USA Today

Week 16 rank: 10th

Previous rank: 13th

Feels like Dan Campbell’s bandwagon is filling up with plenty of folks far removed from Motown. Detroit finishes with Green Bay, Carolina, and Green Bay. This is a good formula for the Lions’ first playoff attempt in six years.

Yahoo Sports

Week 16 rank: 9th

Previous rank: 11th

The Jets game seemed like the one Detroit needed in the playoff race. And it came down to executing a fourth-and-inches play that went 51 yards to tight end Brock Wright for a touchdown. When was the last time that the Lions made such a crucial play? Although the Lions are not guaranteed to make it to the playoffs, they have shown great promise and deserve to be.

The Athletic

Week 16 rank: 8th

Previous rank: 10th

There won’t be any kneecaps left in the Detroit metro area if Dan Campbell’s Lions are able to pull off this rally to the playoffs. After Jared Goff hit Brock Wright — a real high-water mark season for Brocks leaguewide — for a 51-yard game-winning touchdown to beat the Jets, Detroit has a 57.6 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to Mock’s projections. The schedule for the rest of the season looks ripe for grabs, but it doesn’t look like there’s a Lions fan who is happy. If they fail to pull it off, then there may not be any fans left.

Sporting News

Week 16 rank: 12th

Previous rank: 17th

The Lions keep bringing heavy momentum with their offense still finding big plays from new players for Jared Goff and their defense continuing to improve in every aspect. They may be hard to deny them a playoff spot under the fiery Dan Campbell.


Week 16 rank: 12th

Previous rank: 17th

Nicknamed “Da Problem,” Houston is living up to the name. The Jackson State product has been wreaking havoc for the past four weeks. The rookie was promoted from the practice squad in advance of the Thanksgiving Day match against Buffalo. He has been a solid contributor and registered five sacks in his four first career games. He is the third player, since sacks became official in 1982, to record at least 1.0 sack in each of his first four contests, joining Terrell Suggs in 2003 and Santana Dotson in 1992.

The Ringer

Week 16 rank: 11th

Previous rank: 17th

The Lions are 6-1 in their last seven games, and the playoffs are starting to feel like a real possibility with remaining games against the Panthers, Bears, and Packers. How did this happen?

With a top-flight offensive team and an improving arsenal of weapons, thanks to the return and debut of wide receiver Jameson Williams ,, the Lions rank No. Since Week 9, the Lions rank number 3 in offensive EPA per game. Defensively, Detroit has gone from 32nd in offensive points allowed per game (29.1) to ninth (19.8) in the last seven weeks. It would be difficult to find a team that has made a better turnaround in football than the Lions .

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