The Detroit Lions are on the top of the NFL world right now, as they’ve won six of their past seven games, completely turning around their season. The team plays the Carolina Panthers on Christmas Eve at 1 p.m., and they’re favored to win.
The NFL is certainly taking notice. The NFL.com Power Rankings have the Lions in an incredible spot: No. 7. That’s up from No. 10 last week.
Of this Detroit Lions team, NFL.com says, “The Lions can win ugly, too. Dan Campbell’s Grit Monsters went to the Meadowlands and struggled to break through against a stellar Jets defense … until it mattered most. Facing fourth-and-inches at midfield with two minutes to play, offensive coordinator Ben Johnson (his head coach stock going up by the week) called a brilliant misdirection play that resulted in a 51-yard touchdown for Brock Wright. The Lions have won six of seven with an opportunity to move into NFL playoff position if they can take out the Panthers on Sunday. “A lot of these close games are starting to lean more toward us than them,” said Jared Goff. “That hasn’t always been the case around here. We fully believe in each other and know that somebody’s going to make a play to do something right.”
The Philadelphia Eagles remain in the No. 1 spot in the NFL Power Rankings. Find the full list of NFL Power Rankings for Week 16 here.