Bears move up rankings over bye week

Published October 29, 2008 in News and Rumors

Even when they had the week off, the Bears moved up the power rankings this week. Due to losses from teams ahead of them, the Bears were bumped up a few spaces in almost all national power rankings.

Last week: 13
This week: 12
Explanation: Key to the Bears’ second half: Can embattled defensive coordinator Bob Babich coax some improvement from his group? (KS)

Fox Sports
Last week: 8
This week: 8
Explanation: The Bears own the NFL’s second-highest scoring offense. That is not a typo. The banged-up secondary is starting to get healthy, too. Da Bears seem poised for a strong second-half run, leading all of Chicago to grow Kyle Orton-style neck beards.

Last week: 14
This week: 12
Explanation: Three teams above them dropped, one, two, three, just like that. Now that’s the way to celebrate a bye week. Oh yes, they’re also tied with Green Bay, another bye team last weekend, for division lead, one game up on Minnesota, which last week, enjoyed — all together now — a BYE! I always said there are a lot of good byes to be had in this part of the rankings.

CBS Sportsline
Last week: 18
This week: 16
Explanation: They come off their bye week tied for the division lead. Kyle Orton has established himself as a legitimate passer. The defense has to turn it around in the next nine games.

Last week: 13
This week: 10
Explanation: Hey, Lovie, miss Ron Rivera much?

USA Today
Last week: 15
This week: 12
Explanation: Winless Lions up first for Bears after bye last week.

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