The Bears nearly upset rival Detroit on the road in a 20-17 loss. Here are the Week 15 NFL power rankings from various media outlets around the web:
ESPN: 28 (Last week: 28)
"The Bears might not be winning every week, but they're hanging in there. They have five losses by six or fewer points, including each of their past two losses. The Bears will have their hands full with the Packers this week."
NFL.com: 27 (Last week: 28)
"Disparage Matt Barkley all you want, folks. Well, hopefully Bears fans are giving their new starter love. Sure, the guy wasn't lights-out, but I see much resilience and composure in him, a la Dak Prescott. Perhaps Barkley is destined to become a career backup. Especially if Bears receivers continue to be allergic to the football. Another huge drop Sunday, this time courtesy of Cameron Meredith, on a play that could've changed the complexion of the final drive. On the other side of the ball, what if Chicago defensive backs could intercept every QB as well as they do Matt Stafford?"
Fox Sports: 27 (Last week: 27)
"Could Matt Barkley actually be establishing himself as a starter in 2017? Not likely, but at least he’s making it a conversation to be had. For the third straight week, he turned in a decent performance for a team decimated by injuries. Surprisingly, he’s not the Bears’ biggest problem right now."
Yahoo Sports: 28 (Last week: 28)
"Just like the Jets, it would have been fun to get a win at Detroit, but a loss was much better for them long term. A win might have knocked them down a few spots in the first round. So the Bears should feel good about competing hard and secretly feel good with losing that one."
USA Today: 27 (Last week: 28)
"Chicago obviously needs to draft a quarterback for the future, and Matt Barkley is starting to look like he could be the Case Keenum of 2017."
CBS Sports: 29 (Last week: 29)
"They've had a ton of injuries, but they're still playing hard, which is a good sign. There might be some staff changes after the season."
Walter Football: 27 (Last week: 28)
"Matt Barkley has somehow been pretty competent in his three starts thus far. In fact, he's been better than his stat lines indicate because of all the dropped passes he's incurred. Jordan Howard has been a forceful running back, while the defense has played very well. The Bears, who have been very competitive despite having no downfield play-makers, will be getting Alshon Jeffery back from suspension this week."
Pro Football Talk: 29 (Last week: 28)
"Ten years since their last Super Bowl appearance, the Bears feel more than 10 years away from their next one."
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