July 12, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Is Matthew Stafford the answer for Lions? Pro Football Talk isn't convinced

Matthew Stafford's passer rating was 84.2 last season, down from a career-high of 97.2 in 2011. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)

Pro Football Talk is not convinced that Matthew Stafford is developing into a quarterback capable of carrying the Lions toward title contention.

That’s one reason PFT has the Lions No. 21 in its preseason power rankings.

“The Lions, who squandered a golden opportunity to run away with the NFC North late last season and ended the year at 7-9, look like they’re going to finish this season in the same range,” writes Michael David Smith of PFT.

PFT is revealing its preseason power rankings one team at a time each day, and the Lions are ranked ahead of just these teams:

No. 22 Cleveland

No. 23 Washington

No. 24 Dallas

No. 25 Houston

No. 26 Tampa Bay

No. 27 Minnesota

No. 28 Buffalo

No. 29 Jacksonville

No. 30 Tennessee

No. 31 Miami

No. 32 Oakland

Michael David Smith: “The good news is that (Jim) Caldwell, plus the arrival of receiver Golden Tate and first-round tight end Eric Ebron, should make the offense better. The bad news is that many of the same questions remain about Matthew Stafford, and there are questions about the defense and special teams as well.”

You can read PFT’s full Lions scouting report here.