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.