Bears fall rapidly down rankings

November 12th, 2008 - 5:12 pm

Following their 21-14 loss to the unbeaten Tennessee Titans, the Bears fell down power rankings nationwide, by as much as five slots in one poll and as little as one spot in another.

ESPN
Last week: 9
This week: 14
Explanation: Even Rex Grossman would fare well against the Bears’ pass defense. (KS)

Fox Sports
Last week: 7
This week: 11
Explanation: As much sadistic fun it would be to pin Chicago’s loss to Tennessee all on Rex Grossman, that would mask the truth — the inconvenient truth known as the missing Bears’ pass rush. The Bears rank 28th in the NFL in sack percentage and 30th in passing defense, a contributing factor in the Titans winning via the arm of Kerry Collins.

CNN/SI
Last week: 10
This week: 14
Explanation: Do they ever blitz? Or throw some exotic coverage scheme into the mix? I’m so tired of watching these guys play hard and go down because they were so predictable.

CBS Sportsline
Last week: 15
This week: 17
Explanation: Get better, Kyle Orton. Soon. The offense isn’t the same without you, and the Bears head to Green Bay this week.

Yahoo
Last week: 9
This week: 10
Explanation: In a normal (non-Ryan) year, would Matt Forte be a strong NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate?

USA Today
Last week: 14
This week: 15
Explanation: Winning at Green Bay on Sunday a big signal Bears could win NFC North.