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Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Except for Week 3 when the Jets looked helpless in a shutout loss in Denver, the Jaguars have occupied the bottom spot of our NFL Power Rankings. Urban Meyer’s plea for fans’ patience and his own self-inflicted “distraction” fueled our panel's belief that Jacksonville was indeed the worst team in the NFL.

This week, a new struggling squad occupies the No. 32 spot. And it’s not because the Jaguars won their first game.

It’s because the Lions’ spiraling season can no longer be ignored.

Close losses indicated that Dan Campbell’s club could compete. Another heartbreaking defeat in Week 5 left an emotional Campbell to speak from the heart about his team’s fight despite harsh hard luck.

But on Sunday, the Lions suffered their biggest setback of the season — a 34-11 blowout by the Bengals that didn’t see Detroit score until midway through the fourth quarter. Anthony Lynn’s offense gained a season-low 228 yards, just 36 on the ground, and produced a season-worst 11 points only after salvaging a field goal and touchdown (plus 2-point conversion) on its last two possessions.

Quarterback Jared Goff, NFL Twitter’s favorite punchline, has been taking hits all season on the field and on social media for his inability to make plays. But after Sunday’s loss, a frustrated Campbell said he doesn’t “put this all on Jared Goff” because he’s right — the quarterback isn’t the lone problem. The departures of veteran receivers Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. in free agency left Goff with few proven playmakers. Pro Bowl center Frank Ragnow, the anchor of the offensive line, had season-ending toe surgery last week.

Still, Campbell and general manager Brad Holmes hoped Goff could be productive in an offense that tries to limit turnovers and takes few risks downfield. The change of scenery hasn’t helped Goff to reverse his declining play.

“I feel like he needs to step up more than he has,” Campbell said of Goff after Sunday's defeat. “And I think he needs to help us, just like everybody else. And I think he needs to put a little bit of weight on his shoulders here and it’s time to step up, make some throws and do some things. But he needs help. He needs help.”

In addition to their league-worst 0-6 record, the Lions rank 27th in total offense (321.0 yards per game), 25th in passing (229.2), 23rd in rushing (91.8) and 28th in points scored (18.2). On defense, they’re 25th in total yards allowed (384.5), 25th in passing yards allowed (352.6), 26th against the run (132.2) and 25th in points allowed (28.7). The numbers comprise the profile of a team struggling with a first-year head coach during Year 1 of a rebuild by a first-time general manager.

So welcome to No. 32, Lions. Meyer and the Jaguars hope you stay a while.

The Top 10

1. Arizona Cardinals (6-0, Last week: 1t): Kyler Murray already had enough toys in Kliff Kingsbury's offense. Now the MVP front-runner has Zach Ertz to throw to as well.

2. Los Angeles Rams (5-1, Last week: 3): They’re winning the Matthew Stafford-Jared Goff trade and can pad their big lead Sunday against the Lions.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-1, Lest week: 4): Tom Brady is on pace for 5,848 passing yards, which would 1) make him the oldest player in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards and 2) shatter Peyton Manning’s single-season record of 5,477 yards set in 2013.

4. Dallas Cowboys (5-1, Last week: 6): They have a lot of offensive weapons, with a history-making Dak Prescott being the most lethal.

5. Baltimore Ravens (5-1, Last week: 8): Lamar Jackson threw for just 167 yards and ran for only 51 against the Chargers. That’s how dominant Baltimore was.

6. Green Bay Packers (5-1, Last week: 7): Green Bay's defense also owned the Bears on Sunday, yielding just 277 yards and recording four sacks of rookie QB Justin Fields.

7. Buffalo Bills (4-2, Last week: 1t): Josh Allen slips on a late fourth-down QB sneak, and the Bills tumble from the top spot.

8t. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2, Last week: 10): The Joe Burrow-Ja’Marr Chase TD connection is at five and counting.

8t. Los Angeles Chargers (4-2, Last week: 5): Brandon Staley can spend the bye week trying to plug holes in his league-worst run defense.

10. Titans (4-2, Last week: NR): Worst job in the NFL? Having to tackle Derrick Henry when he’s running at you at 21.8 mph.

FALLING DOWN: Cleveland Browns (3-3, Last week: 9).

The Bottom Five

32. Detroit Lions (0-6, Last week: 30): How will Jared Goff be received at SoFi Stadium in his L.A. return on Sunday?

31. Houston Texans (1-5, Last week: 28): They’ve scored a combined 34 points in the four starts by rookie QB Davis Mills.

30. Miami Dolphins (1-5, Last week: Not ranked): Bad news — they lost to the Jaguars. Good news — Tua Tagovailoa returned and played well.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5, Last week: 32): They’re still 0-5 in the States.

28. New York Giants (1-5, Last week: 29): Lopsided losses always make for amusing NYC tabloid covers.

MOVING UP: New York Jets (1-4, Last week: 31).

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