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At this point, the New Orleans Saints are the class of the NFC and the NFL for that matter. The Los Angeles Rams will threaten them down the stretch. Whichever team ends up with home-field advantage will have the inside track to the Super Bowl. The AFC is all the Kansas City Chiefs for the taking, but the New England Patriots are not far out. For the time being, the Saints are atop the Week 13 NFL Power Rankings.

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#1 New Orleans Saints (10-1)

Weekly Results: W, 31-17 vs. Atlanta Falcons

Ranking Points: 199.27

Last Week:  1   Change: —

Note: After being the first team ever to crack the 200 point mark in these rankings, the Saints still won easily, they just didn’t crack the 40-point mark.

#2 Kansas City Chiefs (9-2)

Weekly Results:  Bye Week

Ranking Points: 140.67

Last Week: 3     Change: +1

Note: KC is the class of the AFC, just lost a great game against the LA Rams. That may have been a preview of the Super Bowl.

#3 Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3-1)

Weekly Results:  L, 17-24 @ Denver Broncos

Ranking Points: 139.43

Last Week: 2    Change: -1

Note: And just like that, the Steelers lose the #2 seed and fall to 4. The division is now really close as BAL is streaking.

#4 Los Angeles Rams (10-1)

Weekly Results:  Bye Week

Ranking Points: 135.15

Last Week: 4   Change: —

Note: It’s LA and NOLA in the NFC. What a great showing on MNF. After a week of rest, they head to Motown.

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#5 Minnesota Vikings (6-4-1) 

Weekly Results: W, 24-17 vs. Green Bay Packers

Ranking Points: 110.97

Last Week: 6    Change: +1

Note: Cousins finally comes out and has a great game, leading the Vikings to a huge Sunday night win. Can they catch the Bears?

#6 Denver Broncos (5-6)

Weekly Results: W, 24-17 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Ranking Points: 110.5

Last Week: 8    Change: +2

Note: This is one of those teams you want to eliminate, but you just can’t. They win big games and they are still in playoff contention.

#7 Chicago Bears (8-3)

Weekly Results: W, 23-16 @ Detroit Lions

Ranking Points: 107.15

Last Week: 5    Change: -2

Note: This Bears team just finds a way to win. The Defense is spectacular for a long enough period to win games. I think if I leave this comment here the rest of the season, it will remain accurate. Stafford helped Chicago out here too.

#8 Houston Texans (8-3)

Weekly Results: W, 34-17 vs. Tennessee Titans

Ranking Points: 106.55

Last Week: 9    Change: +1

Note: 8 in a row! Playing for their now deceased owner. But either way, this team is hot!

#9 Dallas Cowboys (6-5)

Weekly Results: W, 31-23 vs. Washington Redskins

Ranking Points: 100.75

Last Week: 11   Change: +2

Note: The defense had a little bit of a struggle, but WR Cooper had a huge game and is making QB Prescott perform better.

#10 Los Angeles Chargers (8-3)

Weekly Results: W, 45-10 vs. Arizona Cardinals

Ranking Points: 99.25

Last Week: 12    Change: +2

Note: Dominating performance by QB Rivers as he set all kinds of NFL records. Still a top AFC team with a dominating D.

#11 Indianapolis Colts (6-5)

Weekly Results:   W, 27-24 vs. Miami Dolphins

Ranking Points: 91.25

Last Week: 7    Change: -4

Note: 5 Wins in a row, although this was a close victory over Miami. QB Luck has at least 3 TDs in 8 straight games. Who is this TE Ebron?

#12 Seattle Seahawks (6-5)

Weekly Results: W, 30-27 @ Carolina Panthers

Ranking Points: 87.65

Last Week: 15   Change: +3

Note: A really nice road win for a team that is streaking. We know they have the offense, now the defense needs to show up.

#13 New England Patriots (8-3)

Weekly Results: W, 27-13 @ New York Jets

Ranking Points: 86.4

Last Week: 10   Change: -3

Note: They find a way to win and now sit at the #2 seed in the AFC.

#14 Baltimore Ravens (6-5)

Weekly Results: W, 34-17 vs. Oakland Raiders

Ranking Points: 80.74

Last Week: 14    Change: —

Note: Rookie QB Jackson wins his 2nd straight and now has this team in the thick of the playoff picture.

#15 Green Bay Packers (4-6-1)

Weekly Results: L, 17-24 @ Minnesota Vikings

Ranking Points: 76.2

Last Week: 16   Change: +1

Note: The fall continues for a team that is destined to be dismantled and reconstructed in the off-season.

#16 Tennessee Titans (5-6)

Weekly Results:   L, 17-34 @ Houston Texans

Ranking Points: 74.27

Last Week: 13    Change:-3

Note: Played well at the start of this game, however, Houston outplayed them most of the game. A weak schedule over the last 5 games gives this team a chance at the playoffs.

#17 Atlanta Falcons (4-7)

Weekly Results:  L, 17-31 @ New Orleans Saints

Ranking Points: 65.07

Last Week: 22    Change: +5

Note: Atlanta is done and you mark them as officially eliminated from playoff contention. This game was not as close as the score entails, it seems as though N.O. was playing with them.

#18 Cleveland Browns (4-6-1)

Weekly Results: W,  35-20@ Cincinnati Bengals

Ranking Points: 64.35

Last Week: 23    Change: +5

Note: So, this team is not completely eliminated yet. There is a weird scenario where they could get in. Just win and get some help. 4 of their last 5 games are winnable.

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#19 Detroit Lions (4-7)

Weekly Results: L, 16-23 vs. Chicago Bears

Ranking Points: 63.1

Last Week: 21    Change: +2

Note: Detroit played an ugly game but had it in hand late until a Chicago Pick-6.  The Lions offense can move the ball but have trouble putting a game away. The season is officially over and there will be major changes in player personnel next season.

#20 Carolina Panthers (6-5)

Weekly Results: L, 27-30 vs. Seattle Seahawks

Ranking Points: 59.95

Last Week: 17    Change: -3

Note: Two losses in a row puts this team in a precarious position as they are now on the outside looking in and a head-to-head loss against a 6-5 Seattle hurts.

#21 Philadelphia Eagles (5-6)

Weekly Results: W, 25-22 vs. New York Giants

Ranking Points: 58.9

Last Week: 19    Change: -2

Note: Still a game out, they will need a lot of help down the stretch to have any shot of post-season play.

#22 Washington Redskins (6-5)

Weekly Results: L, 23-31 @ Dallas Cowboys

Ranking Points: 52.05

Last Week: 18    Change: -4

Note: QB McCoy wasn’t terrible, although he did toss 3 interceptions. Going forward, this team will struggle and the division is out of their hands.

#23 Jacksonville Jaguars (3-8)

Weekly Results: L, 21-24 @ Buffalo Bills

Ranking Points: 41.85

Last Week: 20    Change: -3

Note: Well, the first ax has fallen, the OC is looking for a job. He won’t be the only one. As a matter of fact, QB Bortles has lost the starting job as well.

#24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7)

Weekly Results: W, 27-9 vs. San Francisco 49ers

Ranking Points: 38.7

Last Week: 27    Change: +3

Note: Where was this team all year? Oh yeah, they beat a bad 49ers team, nevermind.

#25 Miami Dolphins (5-6)

Weekly Results: L, 24-27 @ Indianapolis Colts

Ranking Points: 28.3

Last Week: 28    Change: +3

Note: QB Tannehill was back and the offense played much better. Another team that is right there on the brink of the playoffs or being eliminated.

#26 Cincinnati Bengals (5-6)

Weekly Results: L, 20-35 vs. Cleveland Browns

Ranking Points: 19.35

Last Week: 24    Change: -2

Note: So it’s a mucky playoff picture in the AFC, and this team is technically not eliminated. Another team that needs to win out and get help. Not likely.

#27 New York Giants (3-8)

Weekly Results: L, 22-25@ Philadelphia Eagles

Ranking Points: 18.6

Last Week: 26    Change: -1

Note: Let’s look forward to next year Giants’ fans, hopefully, they can add to a decent base of talent.

#28 Buffalo Bills (4-7)

Weekly Results: W, 24-21 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Ranking Points: 11.73

Last Week: 29    Change: +1

Note: Rookie QB Allen comes back and performs well enough to defeat Jacksonville. This team won’t make the playoffs but is improving as the season goes.

#29 San Francisco 49ers (2-9)

Weekly Results: L, 9-27 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ranking Points: -2.1

Last Week: 25    Change: -4

Note: No hope for this season, but they could have a great draft pick to add to their team going forward.

#30 New York Jets (3-8)

Weekly Results: L, 13-27 vs. New England Patriots

Ranking Points: -23.7

Last Week: 31    Change: +1

Note: When will the ax fall on the HC? The only thing saving him is the fact that QB Darnold is hurt.

#31 Arizona Cardinals (2-9)

Weekly Results: L, 10-45 @ Los Angeles Chargers

Ranking Points: -35.75

Last Week: 30   Change: -1

Note: After a terrible performance, players are getting cut. I expect for some coaches to lose their jobs as well.

#32 Oakland Raiders (2-9)

Weekly Results: L, 17-34 @ Baltimore Ravens

Ranking Points: -39.2

Last Week: 32    Change: —

Note: Worst team in the AFC, and it’s not even close.

Warning! These are not your usual Power Rankings. I’m not your everyday NFL analyst who throws his bias into how he ranks teams. I use a formula developed over many years and this is all about numbers. Please remember that Power Rankings are reactive and not predictive. This is where the teams stand following the previous weeks’ games. These rankings and the formulas and bonuses used to compile them are even for all teams.

Bottom Line: If you are a top 5 team playing a bottom 5 team and you win by a point or lose straight up, you will be penalized. If you win big, the rewards will boost you in the rankings.

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JUST IN: Free agent DL gets tryout with Detroit Lions

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According to Howard Balzer, the Detroit Lions reportedly held a tryout for DL Geneo Grissom.

Grissom played for the Patriots and Colts in 2018.

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Detroit Lions’ GM Bob Quinn asked about contingency plan for starting season without Matthew Stafford

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NFL: Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints

There are more important things that football and one of those things is family.

For Detroit Lions‘ quarterback Matthew Stafford, his family has always been at the top of his list and it most certainly is now as his wife Kelly was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor.

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Nov 17, 2015; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford with wife Kelly Stafford during the game between the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Kelly recently announced she had a brain tumor which required surgery. On Wednesday, that surgery reportedly took place, according to an Instagram post by her brother Chad.

The Lions held voluntary workouts this week and one player who was understandably absent was Matthew Stafford.

Stafford, of course, is giving 100% of his time to Kelly and his children, which is what he should be doing.

On Thursday, Lions’ GM Bob Quinn held a pre-draft press conference and he was asked whether or not he had talked to Matthew about Kelly’s situation.

From Detroit News:

“I have a lot of conversations with Matt over the past couple weeks,” Quinn said. “I would say my prayers and the organization’s prayers are with him and his family, with Kelly’s situation. Out of respect for his (wishes), he wants to kind of keep everything private, so I’m going to leave it at that.”

Quinn was also asked about if he needed to make a contingency plan in case Stafford were to miss extended time.

“Nope,” Quinn replied.

BONUS CONTENT:

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

It has been a marathon but we are almost to the promised land which is the 2019 NFL Draft!

After hours and hours of research, all of the so-called “experts” will soon be unveiling their final mock draft of the season and none of them will end up being correct.

I, on the other hand, do not claim to be an expert. Instead, I am just a huge fan of the Detroit Lions who happens to believe to know what the Lions’ biggest needs are and which available prospects can fill those needs.

That being said, here is my final crack at what I believe the “perfect” Detroit Lions’ draft would look like.

Remember, this is NOT what I think Lions’ GM Bob Quinn WILL do in the upcoming draft, it is what I think he SHOULD do.

Round 1, Pick 8

Ed Oliver (DL) Houston

I absolutely LOVE Ed Oliver if he is available when the Detroit Lions are on the clock with the No. 8 pick in the first round of the draft. Whether or not he will be available is the big question.

Oliver is an absolute beast and he could come in and make an immediate impact for a Lions defense that should be greatly improved in 2019.

From Dane Brugler (The Athletic):

STRENGTHS: Fluid body control to wriggle off blocks…excellent foot quickness and change of direction skills…shot out of a cannon with his first step…forces holding penalties due to his gap quickness…creates knockback with his speed-to-power skills…ball awareness to track through blocks…uses natural leverage to stay underneath the pads of blockers…better than expected play strength as a run defender…highly aggressive motor and effort never wanes, chasing down plays near the sidelines…dominated from the moment he stepped onto campus and leaves as a three-time All-American, collecting 54.0 tackles for loss over 33 career starts.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks desired frame and length…needs to continue and develop his body and stay in the 280-285 pound range (weighed 274 for most of his final season at Houston)…relied more on motor than brute power to overwhelm blockers in college…not a bull rusher…undeveloped approach with his hands…below- average counter measures once locked up…faced inferior competition in the AAC…several immature moments in college, including an on-field altercation with head coach Major Applewhite regarding a coat issue on the sideline — Oliver has a “young attitude” and has “growing up to do,” according to an NFL scout…missed five games as a junior with a right knee bruise (November 2018) and was limited at the combine with a strained hamstring (February 2019).

SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Houston, Oliver was one of college football’s most disruptive players over the last three years, spending most of his time at nose tackle for the Cougars. With his football flexibility and natural biomechanics, he has rare athletic ability for the position with the backfield vision to recognize play designs and disrupt from different angles. Oliver still requires time to develop his body, mind and technique at the next level. He will struggle with long-armed blockers who get to his frame and control his chest, but his energy and motor are both elite. Overall, Oliver won’t be a natural fit for every NFL scheme, but he is an ideal one-gap penetrator due to his athleticism, instincts and relentless nature, projecting best when he is lined up closest to the football.

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BREAKING: NFL announces they will have cameras in 23 NFL Draft War Rooms

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NFL fans will have the privilege of checking out NFL GMs live throughout the 2019 NFL Draft as the league has announced they will feature draft ‘War Room’ cameras in 23 team facilities.

One of the War Rooms featured will be that of the Detroit Lions.

The next step will be to have a channel dedicated to each team so fans can watch what is going on in the War Room at all times!


BONUS CONTENT:

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

It has been a marathon but we are almost to the promised land which is the 2019 NFL Draft!

After hours and hours of research, all of the so-called “experts” will soon be unveiling their final mock draft of the season and none of them will end up being correct.

I, on the other hand, do not claim to be an expert. Instead, I am just a huge fan of the Detroit Lions who happens to believe to know what the Lions’ biggest needs are and which available prospects can fill those needs.

That being said, here is my final crack at what I believe the “perfect” Detroit Lions’ draft would look like.

*Remember, this is NOT what I think Lions’ GM Bob Quinn WILL do in the upcoming draft, it is what I think he SHOULD do.

Round 1, Pick 8

Ed Oliver (DL) Houston

I absolutely LOVE Ed Oliver if he is available when the Detroit Lions are on the clock with the No. 8 pick in the first round of the draft. Whether or not he will be available is the big question.

Oliver is an absolute beast and he could come in and make an immediate impact for a Lions defense that should be greatly improved in 2019.

From Dane Brugler (The Athletic):

STRENGTHS: Fluid body control to wriggle off blocks…excellent foot quickness and change of direction skills…shot out of a cannon with his first step…forces holding penalties due to his gap quickness…creates knockback with his speed-to-power skills…ball awareness to track through blocks…uses natural leverage to stay underneath the pads of blockers…better than expected play strength as a run defender…highly aggressive motor and effort never wanes, chasing down plays near the sidelines…dominated from the moment he stepped onto campus and leaves as a three-time All-American, collecting 54.0 tackles for loss over 33 career starts.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks desired frame and length…needs to continue and develop his body and stay in the 280-285 pound range (weighed 274 for most of his final season at Houston)…relied more on motor than brute power to overwhelm blockers in college…not a bull rusher…undeveloped approach with his hands…below- average counter measures once locked up…faced inferior competition in the AAC…several immature moments in college, including an on-field altercation with head coach Major Applewhite regarding a coat issue on the sideline — Oliver has a “young attitude” and has “growing up to do,” according to an NFL scout…missed five games as a junior with a right knee bruise (November 2018) and was limited at the combine with a strained hamstring (February 2019).

SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Houston, Oliver was one of college football’s most disruptive players over the last three years, spending most of his time at nose tackle for the Cougars. With his football flexibility and natural biomechanics, he has rare athletic ability for the position with the backfield vision to recognize play designs and disrupt from different angles. Oliver still requires time to develop his body, mind and technique at the next level. He will struggle with long-armed blockers who get to his frame and control his chest, but his energy and motor are both elite. Overall, Oliver won’t be a natural fit for every NFL scheme, but he is an ideal one-gap penetrator due to his athleticism, instincts and relentless nature, projecting best when he is lined up closest to the football.

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