Everyone is tied in the preseason standings with 0-0 records but that doesn’t mean various media outlets can’t start their weekly power rankings.
ESPN released their power rankings yesterday and offered the following comment:
The Lions have “sleeper” written all over them, but only if quarterback Matthew Stafford stays healthy.
NFL.com analyst Elliot Harrison released his power rankings today. He has the Lions a bit higher, 15th to be exact, and says the following:
Lions fans officially can’t blame Matt Millen if this team goes 6-10. It’s been three years A.M., and Detroit has as much talent as anyone. Risky move giving Nick Fairley a guaranteed contract, considering his reputation. But if he’s even 80 percent of Ndamukong Suh, and Matthew Stafford can start, oh, I don’t know, 12 games, look out.
Harrison has the Lions above the Bears (16th) but eighth best in the NFC overall. That won’t be good enough to secure a playoff berth but I think a lot of Lions fans would consider a second place finish in the division a successful season.