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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Detroit Lions

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Detroit Lions rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Lions in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 30

Fantasy surprise: RB Jamaal Williams

Williams was brought to Detroit to be a solid complement to RB1 D'Andre Swift. However, with Swift battling a nagging groin injury, Williams has "been the rock," according to Lions coach Dan Campbell, after Week 1. "Jamaal has been the rock because he's been there every day," Campbell said. "He's been steady; he's been sound. We know exactly what he is. He's been very durable and dependable." In Week 1, Williams became the first Lions running back to rush for at least 50 yards and a touchdown in a game and produce at least 50 receiving yards since Joique Bell on Dec. 7, 2014, and the effort produced 25 fantasy points. The flex role could fit him in certain situations, but obviously not every week. -- Eric Woodyard

NFL.com -- Rank: 31

If you happen to be a Lions fan who fell asleep at halftime on Monday night, I suggest you close out this browser tab and steer clear of sports websites and any news-focused platforms for the next 48 hours. Remember life as it was before you drifted off to peaceful slumber: It was a world where Jared Goff outplayed Aaron Rodgers, where T.J. Hockenson couldn't be covered near the back pylon, where the worried groan of polite Midwesterners functioned as the soundtrack of Lambeau Field. Yes, the lovable underdog Lions were the kings of football on this night ... or at least the portion of the night in which you were physically conscious. Sweet dreams.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 30

They hung around early against the Packers, but that defense is too undermanned to win consistently this year. They will play a lot of high-scoring games.

USA Today -- Rank: 29

If they continue coughing up 30+ points per outing, a streak that now extends to eight games, Detroit will continue to consistently get kneecapped.

The Athletic -- Rank: 29

The Jared Goff excitement from the end of the 49ers game into the start of the Packers game dissipated quickly Monday night. It's not easy to go shot for shot with Rodgers, and Goff threw an interception and lost a fumble in the second half. Did Goff show enough before halftime for Lions fans to feel good about their new starting quarterback, or was the second half too much of a reminder of why the Rams were content parting ways with him?

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