The Bears blew a chance for redemption against rival Detroit on Sunday in a 27-24 loss. With that, here are the Week 12 NFL power rankings from various media outlets around the web:
ESPN: 25 (Last week: 28)
"Expectations were low for the Bears this season, so the 3-7 record isn't a shocker. The defense has shown a lot of improvement and Jordan Howard is closing in on a second-straight 1,000-yard season. Rookie Mitchell Trubisky has posted only a 32 Total QBR, but at least he's getting NFL reps."
NFL.com: 19 (Last week: 19)
"Another close call for Chicago, which badly needed Lee Smith to close a few of these games out. Sorry, '80s reference. What we learned in Sunday's loss to Detroit was that if the Bears' front seven doesn't make life uncomfortable for the opposing quarterback, premier starters can riddle the secondary. Prince Amukamara is Chicago's top cover guy, but too often, Matthew Stafford was able to pick the Bears apart. Speaking of the '80s, the weakness of that famed '85 team was at corner. Of course, this is what usually happened to the quarterback."
Yahoo Sports: 26 (Last week: 26)
"All you have to do is watch Mitch Trubisky and you can see the promise. He is capable of some marvelous throws, and while sometimes he looks for a running opportunity too quickly, his running ability is a big plus. He seems like Carson Wentz last season, putting up mediocre stats with a terrible supporting cast, but if you look at the film you see the future is bright."
USA Today: 24 (Last week: 27)
"Their last four losses have been by an average of 5.3 points. Will front office ascribe that to youth, or decide it's deficient coaching?"
CBS Sports: 29 (Last week: 29)
"They play close games, but can't seem to pull them out. The good news is Mitchell Trubisky is getting better, but he gets that Eagles defense this week."
Walter Football: 20 (Last week: 21)
"The Bears have dropped two in a row, but they were without Danny Trevathan for both contests. Trevathan is not only the heart and soul of Chicago's defense, but he also happens to be the brains of the operation. The Bears frequently blow coverages with Trevathan being out of the lineup, so their defense will see a huge improvement once the star linebacker returns to the field."
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