NFL Power Rankings: Cardinals rise, Broncos fall in Week 15

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Dec 13, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) reacts on the field after a play against the St. Louis Rams during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The St. Louis Rams defeat the Detroit Lions 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


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All of the promise showed by the Detroit Lions on their three-game winning run evaporated when Aaron Rodgers connected on a stunning Hail Mary pass to snap the streak at Ford Field last week. With victory over the Packers, the Lions would have entered this game with an outside shot of making the playoffs. Instead, they lost and played out a flat game in St. Louis.

Joique Bell rushed seven times for 50 yards, incredibly his second best performance of the year, and only the second time he’s reached 50 yards on the ground. The Lions turned to Matthew Stafford and the passing game often, but his two touchdown passes were clouded with a second-quarter pick-six, the only points scored in the opening half.

Calvin Johnson isn’t the same player he once was. While he will sometimes have big weeks (see, Thanksgiving), defenses are dealing with him much better than they have done in years past. Megatron finished the game with just one catch for 16 yards. He’s only surpassed 100 receiving yards once in a game this season, which is hard to believe. The 16 he picked up in St. Louis was his lowest tally since Week 5 in 2014.

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