By: Will Burchfield
The Lions are right back where they started through eight games of the 2016 season, with as many wins as losses. They sit in third place in the NFC North and ninth place in the NFC, half a game out of a wild card spot.
After Detroit’s loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday, Jim Caldwell summed up his team’s first-half performance best.
“When you look midway through the season and you’re 4-4, you’re playing average. Average is not going to get it. So we have to play better,” he said.
Still, there are some Lions who have played above average through the team’s first eight games. Here, according to ProFootballFocus, is a list of Detroit’s top-ranked defensive players, broken down by position. (Catch the offensive rankings here.)