Bears continue to fall in power rankings

Published September 24, 2008 in News and Rumors

Last week, the Bears hardly moved in the power rankings because most national experts knew they played the Panthers tough and it was a game they should have won. This week, while most of those same experts acknowledge they should have beaten the Buccaneers, the Bears weren’t given as much slack as they slid a little bit further down the rankings.

Last week: 15
This week: 20
Explanation: The Bears have led all three of their games in the fourth quarter. Good teams know how to finish. (KS)

Fox Sports
Last week: 13
This week: 18
Explanation: Chicago fans, players and coaches won’t forget Week 3 anytime soon. Blowing a 24-14 fourth-quarter lead to Brian Freaking Griese??? Not sacking him once all day??? No Bears players should be catching a nap in defensive meetings this week. COOL STAT: Rookie RB Matt Forte has 52% of the Bears’ offensive touches in ’08, leading the team in both carries and catches.

Last week: 11
This week: 16
Explanation: They play Philly on Sunday night, and I don’t like their chances. Orton against that snarling pack of hounds, for one thing. For another, it’s hard to recover from a grueling contest such as the one they just came from.

CBS Sportsline
Last week: 14
This week: 21
Explanation: They could easily be 3-0 if they hadn’t blown two fourth-quarter leads. That’s the type of thing that happens when you can’t pass it well enough to score a lot of points.

Last week: 16
This week: 20
Explanation: Is it just me, or does Kyle Orton’s beard make his arm stronger?

USA Today
Last week: 17
This week: 22
Explanation: They don’t want to be in the kind of shootout they lost to the Bucs.

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