The Bears almost pulled out the win against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on Sunday. Here are the Week 16 NFL power rankings from various media outlets around the web:
ESPN: 27 (Last week: 28)
"The Bears aren't winning games, but they've put big scares into the Titans, Lions and Packers in recent weeks, losing to those teams by a combined 12 points. It might be frustrating to watch as a Bears fan, but at least the end result will be a better draft pick. The Bears host another playoff contender in the Redskins this week."
NFL.com: 27 (Last week: 27)
"I've said it for weeks and will it reiterate here: Matt Barkley can play. Whether that means he is a viable starter in terms of taking the Bears to the next step (which, sadly, means getting over .500) remains to be seen. Yet, the dusted-off-this-season quarterback deserves to be in the mix to start in 2017. Moreover, there is no way Jay Cutler can be part of the equation in Chicago. The former "franchise" quarterback has now been outplayed by three backups -- Josh McCown, Brian Hoyer and Barkley -- since 2013. How about 113 more scrimmage yards from the emerging Jordan Howard on Sunday? OK, this has been far too positive to be a Bears blurb. On to the Rams."
Fox Sports: 25 (Last week: 27)
"The Bears lost a heartbreaker to the Packers – a game they easily could have won. Had John Fox gotten gutsy and went for a touchdown instead of a game-tying field goal, Chicago may have pulled off the upset of the season. Or if the secondary doesn’t let Jordy Nelson behind it, perhaps the Bears win it in overtime. Regardless, they are identifying promising players such as Jordan Howard, Jeremy Langford, Cameron Meredith – and dare I say – Matt Barkley."
Yahoo Sports: 27 (Last week: 28)
"Matt Barkley threw for 362 yards in frigid conditions Sunday, but he also threw three interceptions. He has looked good at times and all young quarterbacks have the opportunity to grow with experience. But I’m not sure the Bears should start thinking he’s the long-term answer."
USA Today: 27 (Last week: 27)
"After a quarter century of getting smoked by Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, their all-time record vs. Pack has now fallen to .500 (93-93-6)."
CBS Sports: 29 (Last week: 29)
"They competed against Green Bay, which is a good sign with nothing on the line. Jordan Howard is a keeper."
Walter Football: 27 (Last week: 27)
"Matt Barkley has somehow been pretty competent in his four 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 also now have a dynamic downfield play-maker now that Alshon Jeffery is back from injury. The Bears are miles better than the other two-, three- and four-win teams in the NFL."
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