After the Chicago Bears pulled off an impressive comeback win on Sunday in Kansas City, they earned some credibility in this week's power rankings. Here are the Week 6 power rankings from various media outlets around the web:
ESPN: 24 (Last week: 29)
"Game-winning scores in the final 30 seconds of regulation in back-to-back to weeks for the Bears. Jay Cutler had four such victories in his first six seasons with the Bears."
NFL.com: 24 (Last week: 32)
"If you're gonna beat up Jay Cutler when he doesn't play well, you gotta give it up when he leads his team back from the dead. The win in Kansas City gave the Bears two straight victories. It also gave Chicago a second straight week of heart-attack fanfare -- especially with the drop-the-football-pick-it-up-and-wing-it-to-my-running-back-in-the-end-zone-with-18-seconds-left play to steal a win. And let me tell you, that was stealing a win in Arrowhead on Sunday. How about Cameron Meredith, an undrafted rookie from Illinois State, catching three balls on the final two scoring drives, all of them for first downs? #scouting"
CBS Sports: 21 (Last week: 32)
" Two gutsy last-minute wins with Jay Cutler playing a key role in the end. John Fox's impact is already being felt in Chicago."
FOX Sports: 21 (Last week: 26)
"Jay Cutler has turned the narrative around, earning the respect of his teammates by playing through an injury. The Bears are believers in themselves, and despite their lack of talent on the defensive side of the ball, they are finding ways to scrap out wins."
Yahoo Sports: 26 (Last week: 32)
"Give the Bears credit. Arrowhead Stadium isn't an easy place to play. They could have folded the tent long ago but haven't. I don't see a playoff berth in their future or anything, but it's a positive to see them playing better now."
Pro Football Talk: 23 (Last week: 32)
"What a difference a competent head coach makes."
USA Today: 24 (Last week: 32)
"Jay Cutler is suddenly looking like a successful reclamation project. #StopUsIfYouveHeardThatOneBefore"
Wide receiver help
With Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) and Eddie Royal (ankle) still iffy at best for Sunday's Week 6 matchup against rival Detroit, the Bears signed wide receiver Nathan Palmer to the practice squad on Tuesday. The move was first reported by Sun-Times writer Adam Jahns.
Palmer, a 5-foot-11 Northern Illinois product has spent time on five different teams since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2012. The 26-year-old was with Denver and John Fox from 2013-14.
For now, Marquess Wilson, Josh Bellamy, Cameron Meredith and Marc Mariani are the only Bears' receivers healthy, so they needed someone to give them a breather - at least in practice.
Updates are expected on the statuses of Jeffery and Royal as the week progresses.
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