The Bears defense dominated once again in a 17-3 win against Carolina. With that, here are the Week 8 NFL power rankings from various media outlets around the web:
ESPN: 24 (Last week: 28)
"Mitchell Trubisky has completed a whopping 12 passes over the Bears' two-game win streak. Chicago's offense ranks worst in FPI. So while the team's recent successes might be nice, FPI still gives them only a less than 1 percent chance of winning the North."
NFL.com: 15 (Last week: 21)
"Score two tugs on defense, and you lessen the burden on your rookie quarterback. One week after only throwing the football 16 times, offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains didn't let Mitchell Trubisky stretch his sea legs, er, Lake Michigan legs against the Panthers. Trubisky attemptedseven passes. The last Bears quarterback to attempt seven passes in a start? Jim McMahon -- in 1984. Sid Luckman threw more than that. Trubisky was the beneficiary of the same brand of defense both McMahon and Luckman enjoyed, however, as Chicago made Carolina look inept on offense all day. Vic Fangio's unit didn't merely score, his guys got to Cam Newton five times and held Carolina to 293 total yards."
Yahoo Sports: 23 (Last week: 28)
"I get every argument for why Mitchell Trubisky attempted only seven passes Sunday. The Bears still want to win games. They also have nobody at receiver. However, I’m not sure if it’s great for Trubisky’s confidence to basically tell him not to do anything because it’ll be bad for the team’s chances to win. Mike Glennon could have handed off every down, if that’s all you want from a quarterback."
USA Today: 22 (Last week: 27)
"Make it five weeks in a row Chicago's baby Monsters of Midway have limited opponents to 300 yards or fewer. Just keep handing off, Mitchell."
CBS Sports: 23 (Last week: 22)
"It's time to give the Chicago defense some props. They dominated the Panthers last week to get to 3-4."
Walter Football: 23 (Last week: 24)
"I wrote this last week, but after beating the Panthers, the Bears can't really be viewed as underrated anymore. At some point, Mitchell Trubisky is going to have to attempt a forward pass."
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