Week 8 NFL Power Rankings, Chicago Bears Edition

Week 8 NFL Power Rankings, Chicago Bears Edition
GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 20: Willie Young #97 of the Chicago Bears walks on the field in the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 20, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The Bears are 1-6 after yet another disappointing loss to the Packers. Here are the Week 8 NFL power rankings from various media outlets around the web:

ESPN: 30 (Last week: 30)

“QB Jay Cutler is back. He was hurt on Monday night in Week 2 and he’ll make his return on Monday night in Week 8. He’ll have to face the Vikings, against whom he has lost three straight. They boast a defense with the most takeaways and fewest points and yards allowed this season. Good luck with that.”

NFL.com: 31 (Last week: 31)

“Matt Barkley … starting versus the Vikings defense … in Week 8. If reading that felt as awful as it did to type, be thankful Jay Cutler was cleared to play as of Monday — although that sentence has its own distasteful qualities. Brian Hoyer’s broken left arm means he departs the season without having struggled. Why is that relevant? Because if the Bears brass is impressed with what it saw in Hoyer, Chicago could draft a quarterback and retain Hoyer over Cutler. The organization has already paid out most of Cutler’s guaranteed money, which means the guaranteed money is no longer an impediment to moving on. Question is, what’s the plan?”

Fox Sports: 30 (Last week: 30)

“Brian Hoyer had been playing extremely well for the Bears despite leading them to just one win, but it’s back to Jay Cutler for Chicago. Cutler has been cleared to play after recovering from a thumb injury, and there is plenty riding on these final nine games. Unfortunately, there’s almost no hope for the Bears as a team given their injuries and lack of talent. It showed last week against the Packers.”

Yahoo Sports: 30 (Last week: 30)

“The Bears have to turn back to Jay Cutler now that Brian Hoyer is on injured reserve. That’s not uncomfortable or anything.”

USA Today: 30 (Last week: 30)

“Jay Cutler returns to an offense that made tremendous strides without him. We expect a complete 180 Monday against an angry Minnesota defense.”

CBS Sports: 30 (Last week: 30)

“Now they are down to Matt Barkley at quarterback. This is not a good team right now, and begs this question: Will John Fox be in trouble?”

Walter Football: 31 (Last week: 26)

“I listed the Bears as an underrated team last week, but that was assuming Brian Hoyer wouldn’t break his arm at the beginning of the second quarter. Fortunately for Bears fans, they get to avoid having a quarterback in Matt Barkley who throws interceptions by accident, and instead, they’ll have a quarterback in Jay Cutler who throws interceptions on purpose. This is good news, as it’ll help Chicago in positioning for the 2017 NFL Draft.”

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