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NFL Power Rankings: Winless Lions, Ravens aren't scraping the bottom yet


As we close the books on September games in the NFL, take a look at the four 0-3 teams.

They are the Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints.

The Bears we can understand, and maybe the Saints, but certainly not the other two teams. The Ravens and Lions, considered by some to be Super Bowl contenders, have to be the two biggest disappointments in the league so far.

And both are staring at the real possibility of going 0-4 this week. The Ravens play at the Steelers, who will be without Ben Roethlisberger, but still will be tough at home. The Lions play at Seattle, which is never an easy game or an easy venue.

Despite their slow starts, I still think the Lions and Ravens can get it going, even if it isn't this week. That's why I don't have them down at the bottom of these Power Rankings. The Ravens are at No. 20, with the Lions one spot back at No. 21.

The bottom spot belongs to the Bears, with the Saints one spot above. Those two teams look like they will be drafting early come next spring. The Bears even seem to be having a fire sale, trading Jared Allen and Jon Bostic.

Those two teams might stay near the bottom, especially with Drew Brees having shoulder issues and Jay Cutler missing time.

It will be interesting to see if the Ravens and the Lions can turn it around. They just don't seem to belong with the rest of 0-3 crowd.

The Panthers, Vikings and Raiders are on the rise after Week 3. (CBSSports.com Original)
The Panthers, Vikings and Raiders are on the rise after Week 3. (CBSSports.com Original)


Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.

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