Week Eight NFL Power Rankings, Chicago Bears Edition

Week Eight NFL Power Rankings, Chicago Bears Edition

Here are the Week Eight power rankings from various sites around the web:

ESPN: #13 (Last week: #10)

Analysis, “Jay Cutler is out at least four weeks and the defense is struggling. The Bears have allowed 29.4 PPG this season (17.3 last season).”

NFL.com: #13 (Last week: #11)

Analysis, “Congratulations to Devin Hester, who tied Deion Sanders for the most return touchdowns in league history. That’s pretty special. The achievement also solidifies something else: Hester deserves to be considered one of the best Chicago Bears ever, regardless of whether he plays special teams or not. Oh, and a heckuva job by Josh McCown, who certainly outplayed Jay Cutler on Sunday.

OK, so we’re clearly trying to accentuate the positive here. Losing Cutler and Lance Briggs for an extended period of time will really hurt.”

FOX Sports: #13 (Last week: #11)

Analysis, “Not only did the Bears lose the game on Sunday, but they also lost Jay Cutler for at least four weeks and Lance Briggs for the next six. Not sure the Bears can keep pace with the Packers or Lions in the division at this point.”

CBS Sports: #17 (Last week: #10)

Analysis, “Jay Cutler is out at least four weeks (groin) and that’s trouble. The Bears go to Green Bay, where the Bears have lost five straight while scoring only 10 points per game — and that was with Cutler.”

Yahoo Sports: #16 (Last week: #11)

Analysis, “Lost in the Jay Cutler injury news is that the defense has now been completely exposed. Without Cutler or linebacker Lance Briggs for at least the next four weeks, the Bears might slip fast.”

Pro Football Talk: #15 (Last week: #10)

Analysis, ” If Jordan Palmer is the answer, I don’t know what the question is.”

Best ranking: #13 – FOX Sports

Worst ranking: #17 – CBS Sports

Quote Of The Day

Bears head coach Marc Trestman after the 45-41 loss to the Redskins on Sunday. They have a well-timed Week Eight bye and then travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers (4-2). It won’t be easy, but the Bears still have plenty of talent to at least hang around.

““We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Trestman said. “We had 10 opportunities to defend the read-zone yesterday and only fitted it up properly two times. We spent a lot of time working on it since OTAs and we’re extremely disappointed that we didn’t do a better collective job.”


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