NFL Week 3 Power Rankings: The Detroit Lions Reach the Top-Half of the League

Detroit Lions (1-1) Washington got into the victory column in Week 2, after reassuring the commanders. The Lions’ first half was as impressive a start to a game as we’ve seen in years, but was it enough to sway the national power ranks?

Spoiler: Absolutely.

Many analysts put the Lions in the top-half of the league after their decisive victory over Washington. Most pointed to Detroit’s high-powered offense, which is currently tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for most points during week two of the season.

While there are still some stragglers who have the Lions still in the bottom fourth of the league, most analysts in the league have Detroit in that mid 14 to 20 range. Check it out:

USA TODAY: 14 (Previous: 18)

From Nate Davis,

“He has scored at least 35 points in three consecutive matches for the first time since 1952, a year before owner Sheila Ford Hamp was born.

MMQB: 12 ​​(Previous: 23)

From Conor Orr ($subscription required):

“The NFL’s best secret – offensive coordinator Ben Johnson – is no longer a secret. Jared Goff is playing well. D’Andre Swift is in constant open space. The Lions are there for real.

NFL.com: 16 (Previous: 26)

From dan hanzuso,

“Are the Detroit Lions an Offensive Juggler? Maybe! Dan Campbell’s Grit Warriors Got Little Resistance From Coming In Commanders a 36-27 win At Celebrating Ford Field, First Lions Team Made since 1970 To score 35-plus in his first two games of the season. Jared Goff Thrown four touchdown passes on Sunday, and he’s getting a lot of help: Amon-Ra St. Brown (184 total yards, two touchdowns) while developing into a valid No. 1 wideout D’Andre Swift Looks like a running back to prepare his application (87 yards and a TD at just seven touches) superstar club,

Athletic: 14 (Previous: 26)

From bow wolf,

“In trying to separate what matters and what doesn’t over the course of two weeks, it seems like we can say with certainty that the Lions are having fun. On offense, they score a league-best 7.2 yards per crowd ( Swift’s 50-yard run thanks to back-to-back weeks), while Amon-Ra has been the St. Brown Electric. On defense, No. 2 overall pick Aidan Hutchinson from none other than Lane Johnson After being able to line up broke with three sacks. Good vibes in Detroit.”

Touchdown Wire: 20 (Previous: 26)

From mark lane,

“The Lions don’t have big names on their offense, but their plan provides ways to maximize the talent they have. Amon Ra St. Brown made two touchdowns with nine catches for 116 yards and two catches for 68 yards. The Lions are embodying coach Dan Campbell’s attitude and becoming a team that cannot be ignored.”

ESPN: 20 (Previous: 27)

From Eric Woodyard:

,According to head coach Dan Campbell, Detroit’s secondary is still working to be more disciplined, and has “got it to work.” Cornerback Jeff Okudah has been solid on his return from an Achilles injury, but the unit is still working on not being able to beat deep balls, which have been an issue in Weeks 1 and 2 against Philadelphia and Washington. Eagles star receiver AJ Brown had 10 receptions for 155 yards, including a 55-yard catch against the Lions in the opener. ,

Sports News: 21 (Previous: 27)

From Vinnie Iyer:

Thanks to young stars Amon-Ra St. Brown, D’Andre Swift and Aidan Hutchinson, “The Lions showed some of their “hard knocks” buzz on Washington coming out like gangbusters both offensively and defensively. Detroit’s brilliance and moxie it dan Will retain most of the games under Campbell.

Yahoo Sports: 21 (Previous: 27)

From Frank Schwab:

“The Lions can have a really good offense. They average 35.5 points per game. Amon-Ra St. Brown is a star receiver. D’Andre Swift is a big game trailing behind. But who really takes offense to the Lions. But Life Gives is an elite line. They won’t put up 35+ points every week, but they will be a lot of fun to watch.

The Ringer: 25 (Previous: 29)

From Austin Gayle,

[Did not provide individual commentary for the Lions]

CBS Sports: 26 (Previous:30)

From Pete Prisco:

“He’s scored a bunch of points on offense so far this season. He has to get better on defense, but at least Aidan Hutchinson made a massive showing against Washington.

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