Here are the Week 17 power rankings from various sites around the web:
ESPN: #13 (Last week: #13)
Analysis, “Remember when the Bears played defense? Opponents have scored at least 40 points against Chicago four times this season, the same number as the previous nine seasons combined.”
NFL.com: #14 (Last week: #13)
Analysis, “For a team that had everything to play for Sunday night, man did the Bears look pathetic. That’s OK. Chicago can erase the effects of the big loss in Philly by winning the NFC North in the upcoming matchup with the Packers. On another note, I thought Cris Collinsworth was correct in pointing out the fantastic contribution of rookie right tackle Jordan Mills. What a bargain he was in the fifth round.”
FOX Sports: #16 (Last week: #14)
Analysis, “To start Jay Cutler or to sit Jay Cutler . . . this is the question. For everyone but Marc Trestman.”
CBS Sports: #14 (Last week: #15)
Analysis, “They looked horrible against the Eagles with a chance to win the division title. Can they slow down the Packers -no matter who plays quarterback?”
Yahoo Sports: #15 (Last week: #12)
Analysis, “Unfortunately, a matchup of the best rivalry in the NFL with a division title on the line will come between two teams that are irreparably flawed. The Bears’ defense is a nightmare.”
Pro Football Talk: #17 (Last week: #12)
Analysis, ” On the bright side, it could be getting a lot cheaper to re-sign Jay Cutler.”
Best ranking: #13 – ESPN
Worst ranking: #17 – Pro Football Talk
Quote Of The Day
The Bears (8-7) gave up a total of 514 yards to the Eagles in Sunday’s loss. The Eagles averaged just over eight yards per play. The 54 points allowed are the most, since the Bears gave up 55 points to Detroit in 1997, which is a franchise record.
Now this Sunday’s clash with rival Green Bay (7-7-1) will decide the NFC North crown. A win or tie gets the Bears into the playoffs.
“I’ve got to be the voice of reason,” Trestman said. “I’ve got to see the big picture. Every coach handles themselves differently in these situations, and there’s no right way to do it for coaches because they all handle them differently. This is the way we’ve done it, trying to maintain some practicality works in this case.”
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