Officially eliminated from the playoffs, the Bears crushed Cincinnati in a meaningless game to move to 4-9. With that, here are the Week 15 NFL power rankings from various media outlets around the web.
ESPN: 26 (Last week: 29)
"Mitchell Trubisky is developing, and it helps that he has a duo of running backs making plays for him. Jordan Howard has rushed for 1,000 yards for the second straight season while rookie Tarik Cohen leads the team in 20-yard plays."
NFL.com: 24 (Last week: 26)
"Not sure where that showing in Cincinnati came from, but this Bears team continues to play for its embattled head coach. Heard much speculation about John Fox, whose 13-32 record in Chicago isn't bringing back memories of Mike Ditka, much less George Halas. Dave Wannstedt was destroyed for compiling a much better catalogue in the 1990s. But Fox's players compete. They didn't fold their tents up after the Eagles' electric-slid them in Week 12. And Chicago is building something with Mitchell Trubisky, Jordan Howard and that front seven."
Yahoo Sports: 25 (Last week: 28)
"If you’ve been watching the Bears and not just scanning the box score, Sunday’s performance by Mitchell Trubisky wasn’t a surprise. He’s a very talented player. The numbers aren’t there for reasons out of his control, but I find it hard to believe people who have actually watched him play already think he might be a bust. The Bears have something here, they just need to add pieces around him, and Trubisky needs to commit to continued growth and development."
Walter Football: 19 (Last week: 23)
"The Bears dropped four in a row prior to beating the Bengals, but they were without Danny Trevathan or top safety Adrian Amos for all four of contests. Trevathan is not only the heart and soul of Chicago's defense, but he also happens to be the brains of the operation. Amos, meanwhile, has been playing on a Pro Bowl level. The Bears frequently blow coverages with Trevathan being out of the lineup, so it's no surprise that their defense has been much better with him back on the field."
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