NFL Power Rankings: Top Ten After Week Four

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Sep 29, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) passes the ball during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. The Lions won 40-32. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

8. Detroit Lions (3-1):

Color me impressed, and surprised. The Detroit Lions have cracked this list, as they downed the previously undefeated Chicago Bears 40-32 in Detroit. I was not a huge fan of the Lions coming into this year, but Matt Stafford and Megatron are proving me wrong. Those two have connected on four touchdowns already this season, and should continue as the Lions rise back to prominence. The most impressive thing about this Lions team has got to be the way the running game has been dominating so far. Reggie Bush had 18 carries for 139 yards, after he missed last weeks game, and while Joique Bell didn’t have that big of an impact, you can’t forget the way he had run in the first three games of the season. Finding balance between the pass and run might have been the biggest key for the Lions this season, and so far, they’ve been doing a grade A job. The defense still has holes in it, as too many big plays happen, to go along with way too many points, but they did make a bunch of big plays, including intercepting Jay Cutler three times on the day. Another impressive win against a division rival has vaulted the Lions into the number eight slot, and with the way they have been playing, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see them continue to claw their way up as the season continues.