Here are the Week Nine power rankings from various sites around the web:
ESPN: #14 (Last week: #13)
Analysis, "Bears-Packers on "Monday Night Football" would seem a lot more interesting if Jay Cutler played instead of Josh McCown. Still, both teams are above .500 heading into a huge game."
NFL.com: #14 (Last week: #13)
Analysis, "Bye week in Chicago. If there is a team that needs to get some players healthy, it's the Bears. Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs are out, while the defensive tackle position has been a wreck.
With the off week, Cutler's fill-in, backup Josh McCown, will have gotten a chance to take almost all of the reps in practice. If he can approach the level of play he brought in Week 7, the Bears should be OK."
FOX Sports: #13 (Last week: #13)
Analysis, “The Bears are coming off a Week 7 loss to the Redskins and now have to travel to Green Bay with a backup QB. Even after a bye week, that is a tough draw.”
CBS Sports: #15 (Last week: #17)
Analysis, "There's no telling what will happen for the next month with Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs injured and two defensive tackles out as well. The Bears are 1-3 in the last four games."
Yahoo Sports: #14 (Last week: #16)
Analysis, "They're one of only 13 teams with a winning record, yet it seems like they're being written off. Let's see what Josh McCown can do. He has weapons to throw to."
Pro Football Talk: #15 (Last week: #15)
Analysis, "Even Luke McCown thinks Josh McCown can’t beat the Packers."
Best ranking: #13 - FOX Sports
Worst ranking: #15 - CBS Sports
Quote of The Day
Bears general manager Phil Emery on Jay Cutler's injury history since coming to the windy city.
"I don't see a pattern more with him than I do with any other player in the NFL," Emery said via Chicagobears.com. "I don't know too many players in this league that don't get some type of injury. This is a very physical and tough sport. There have been a number of quarterbacks that have been hurt over time, including players like Tom Brady."
"We'd like to see him back as soon as possible," Emery said. "He's a very valuable part of our team."
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