The Detroit Lions are hard to figure out in NFL power rankings. If anything, they’ve remained relegated to being that “other” team in the NFC North.
Sure, Detroit’s defense took a sizable leap forward under first-year head coach Matt Patricia, jumping from the 21st-ranked scoring defense in 2017 to 16th last year. And a lot of those efforts came without the presence of oft-injured EDGE Ezekiel Ansah, who’ll likely be on the free-agent market this offseason with Detroit passing on his services.
Yet the offense, led by quarterback Matt Stafford, remained too pass happy and didn’t get enough out of the ground attack.
Although then-rookie running back Kerryon Johnson looks to be the real deal. That’ll help keep the Lions from tumbling in rankings.
Still, Detroit remains the fourth worst team in what has become a so-so division behind the Bears. That’s not a good place to be.