7. Detroit Lions

Last Week's Rank: 9
Record: 10 - 5
This Week: W vs. Chargers, 38-10
Up Next: @ Packers, 1:00 Sunday
Trending: Up

It's official: The Detroit Lions are in the playoffs and have won 10 games for the first time since '95, when Barry Sanders was still a human pinball. It hasn't been an easy journey by any means, but the Lions have chugged along through injuries, disciplinary issues, and tribulations of a young team. The defense hasn't been as sound as many expected, but considering this offense has scored at least 28 points in each of the past three games, Matt Stafford to Calvin Johnson might be all it needs to win a playoff game. Detroit is glad to have Kevin Smith back as well, as he scored two total touchdowns on the day. —Tony Markovich