The Bears played competitive football in New Orleans but a few slip-ups cost them in a 20-12 loss. With that, here are the Week 9 NFL power rankings from various media outlets around the web:
ESPN: 27 (Last week: 23)
“Outside of the running backs, the supporting cast surrounding Mitchell Trubisky on offense hasn’t been strong. Trubisky has managed to complete 48 percent of his passes in four starts for 128 yards per game.”
NFL.com: 17 (Last week: 15)
“No downward spiral for the Bears, who lost the game in New Orleans as much as the Saints won it. While Chicago was outgained, John Fox’s bunch had a touchdown called back and had a very makeable missed field goal. The Bears could’ve won the opener versus the Falcons, and suffered a few costly — and ticky-tack — calls in the Week 5 loss to the Vikings. Chicago could easily be 5-3, if not 6-2.
Quick aside: No one seems to be noticing the productive year Jordan Howard is having. Yes, he logged another drop on a sure touchdown pass (pass catching = Howard’s kryptonite), but he also went over the century mark again with 102 yards on 23 totes. He ranks No. 4 in the league in rushing yards now. Worth mentioning — especially since nobody seemed to notice when he finished second last season.”
Yahoo Sports: 25 (Last week: 23)
“Remember all the early-season excitement about Tarik Cohen? As Jordan Howard as gotten hot, Cohen has been marginalized in the offense. He had a 70-yard catch in Week 7, but that was his only touch. That and a 14-yard catch in Week 6 are his only 10-yard plays since Week 3. On Sunday Cohen had only a couple rushing yards on four carries, and one catch for six yards. The Bears desperately need some playmakers in the offense, and they need to figure out a way to get Cohen going again.”
USA Today: 23 (Last week: 22)
“They’d built momentum recently. But it’s sadly halted going into the bye week, when players will have too much time to worry about TE Zach Miller.”
CBS Sports: 25 (Last week: 23)
“The defense shows up every week, which helps keep them in games. But they aren’t good enough on offense yet.”
Walter Football: 22 (Last week: 23)
“Anyone else think that if the Bears could redo the 2017 NFL Draft, they’d take Deshaun Watson over Mitchell Trubisky? Just a hunch.
That said, I wouldn’t want to criticize Trubisky too harshly just yet. I was against the pick when it happened, but he hasn’t gotten a fair chance yet. His best receiver is someone named Tre McBride, and his edge protection sucks. I don’t think we can really judge Trubisky until the Bears fix those problems.”
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