Bears continue fluctuation in power rankings

Published October 22, 2008 in News and Rumors

As the Bears’ performance on the field fluctuates from week to week, so does their position in the national power rankings. Only this week, different publications view their 48-41 victory over Minnesota differently.

ESPN
Last week: 20
This week: 13
Explanation: The Bears are overcoming their defensive issues with, yes, a powerful passing offense. (KS)

Fox Sports
Last week: 13
This week: 8
Explanation: This is now Kyle Orton’s team. Completely. Knowing the Bears’ normally shutdown defense would be missing its three shutdown corners, Orton and the offense opened things up in a wild win against the Vikings — a critical game that preserves the Bears’ tie for first place in the NFC North.

CNN/SI
Last week: 19
This week: 14
Explanation: Well, somehow they got by Gus Frerotte and his aerial circus with three cornerbacks out. I’d feel better about this team if it could beat someone with a winning record. Let’s see there’s Sunday against…oh oh, bye week…the following Sunday against, no scratch that, Detroit is up…OK, here it is. Tennessee at home. I’m making the Bears a 1½-point favorite in that one, and everyone will jump on the Titans, and, nope, I’m not giving it away right now.

CBS Sportsline
Last week: 21
This week: 18
Explanation: Lost in the 48 points they scored against Minnesota was the poor play of the defense. That has to change in the next nine games.

Yahoo
Last week: 16
This week: 13
Explanation: Did they really just give up 41 points and win, and does that say more about them or the Vikings?

USA Today
Last week: 20
This week: 15
Explanation: Kyle Orton has 10 touchdowns and four interceptions.

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