A weekly examination of the Lions' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 24 | Last Week: 11 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
After pulling out a win that seemed extremely unlikely on Sunday against Dallas after trailing by 10 points with 6:45 left, the Lions jumped up a spot back into the top 10 at the midway point this season. The ranking is bolstered by Detroit’s ability to win games late this season, something the Lions have not always been able to do. Besides Sunday against Dallas, the Lions came from behind against Cleveland and Minnesota this season. They also held off Washington on the road in Week 3.
Playoff teams are capable of winning games like that. Considering the Lions’ schedule the second half of the season heading into this week’s bye at 5-3, Detroit should be a playoff team this season. The Lions play no teams outside the NFC North with winning records the rest of the year and have their toughest opponent (Green Bay) at home on Thanksgiving. This does set up well for the Lions to potentially make their second playoff appearance in three seasons.