Week 17 NFL Power Rankings, Chicago Bears Edition

Week 17 NFL Power Rankings, Chicago Bears Edition
Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune Bears defensive end Will Sutton walks off the field after the 26-21 win. (Dec. 27, 2015)

One game remains in the regular season for the 6-9 Bears following a win on the road against Tampa Bay. Here are the Week 17 NFL power rankings from various media outlets around the web:

ESPN: 25 (Last week: 24)

“A changing of the guard taking place? Jeremy Langford has either equaled or topped Matt Forte in snaps each of the past three weeks, playing 15 more snaps total.”

NFL.com: 21 (Last week: 23)

“Not that anyone cares, but the Bears won. Sure, it’s too little, too late for a team that blew some winnable contests right when the city thought the team might be turning its season around. The reality is that this Chicago bunch looked to be a 7-9 club — at best — all along. Offensive coordinator Adam Gase has been mentioned as a hot head-coaching candidate. Well, that’s nice. Enjoy a new system for the eighth time, Jay! Funny, but it was the defense that won the day in Tampa Bay, forcing three turnovers while allowing just 14 points when the outcome was still in doubt. (The Bucs scored a garbage-time TD.)”

Fox Sports: 20 (Last week: 23)

“Rookie RB Jeremy Langford saw eight more carries than Matt Forte in Week 16, and he was more effective on a per-snap basis. With Forte set to hit free agency this offseason, Langford looks primed for the team’s lead back role in 2016.”

Yahoo Sports: 20 (Last week: 22)

“Jay Cutler hasn’t had a multi-interception game all season, and he hasn’t even thrown interceptions in back-to-back games since Sept. 27-Oct. 4. It has been a very good year for Cutler. It’s just disappointing that despite Cutler making major strides, the Bears still won’t have a winning record.”

Pro Football Talk: 20 (Last week: 21)

“They should be better. They could be worse.”

USA Today: 19 (Last week: 19)

“Jay Cutler has shown admirable progress in Year 10 of his career. But can he sustain it if OC Adam Gase gets a head job?”

CBS Sports: 21 (Last week: 19)

“John Fox has done a good job with this banged-up team. They compete weekly.”

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