A weekly examination of the Lions' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 24 | Last Week: 10 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
The Lions didn’t move at all during their off weekend -- and they probably shouldn’t have anyway. On the edge of the top 10, Detroit will have ample chances to climb the rankings, starting this weekend at No. 9 Chicago, but for right now this team still has some questions to answer when it comes to its long-term stability within the division.
The Bears are one of two teams that currently have .500 records or better on the remainder of the Lions' schedule; the other is Green Bay. Both have ailing quarterbacks that may or may not be ready to return when the Lions face them. The opportunity is there for Detroit to win the division and finish the season with a sterling record along with a playoff berth, and a win against the Bears would go a ways toward solidifying that.