Detroit Lions: Week 9 NFL Power Rankings (#20)

Last week: 26 (+6)

Nate Burleson getting hurt might have been the best thing that could happen to this offense. It forced the Lions to replace the mediocre Burleson, who was averaging 8.9 yards per catch and (5.6 yards per target), with explosive 2011 2nd round pick Titus Young and it’s also given 2nd round rookie Ryan Broyles more playing time too. It’s no coincidence that their offense looked by far the best it has all season, and against a tough Seattle defense nonetheless, in their first game without Burleson, even with Calvin Johnson playing at less than 100%.

They already rank 8th in yards per play differential and 16th in rate of sustaining drives differential. If they can get Matt Stafford going, they’re not going to be fun to play. I don’t like their playoff chances at 3-4, but the NFC isn’t looking as loaded as it once did after going 1-3 against the AFC last week after starting 19-9 (the only win was Packers over Jaguars in a game that was closer than it should have been). They’re not out of it quite yet.


C Dominic Raiola: Allowed 1 pressure on 53 pass block snaps, run blocked for 31 yards on 5 attempts

LG Rob Sims: Did not allow a pressure on 53 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for 5 yards on 1 attempt

WR Titus Young: Caught 9 passes for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns on 9 attempts on 52 pass snaps, 4.0 YAC per catch


WR Calvin Johnson: Caught 3 catches for 46 yards on 7 attempts on 51 pass snaps, 7.0 YAC per catch, 2 drops

ROLB Justin Durant: Allowed 8 catches for 121 yards on 11 attempts, 6 solo tackles, 2 assist, 4 stops, 1 missed tackle

RE Kyle Vanden Bosch: Did not record a pressure on 23 pass rush snaps, 1 penalty, 2 solo tackles, 1 stop




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