Bears’ slide in rankings not as deep as expected

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Following a thorough beating at the hands of division rival Green Bay, the Bears continued to slide but are remarkably still in the teens in most national power rankings, although they are knocking at the door to oblivion.

Last week: 14
This week: 19
Explanation: Are the Bears really 34 points worse than the Packers? Nope. But Sunday’s loss could have reverberating effects. (KS)

Fox Sports
Last week: 11
This week: 17
Explanation: Whereas the Dallas Cowboys’ entire team was uplifted with the return of their starting QB last week, for some reason the Bears relaxed and turned flat in Kyle Orton’s return against Green Bay. Head coach Lovie Smith has already publicly tossed the game in the trash, vowing to look forward. But one troubling stat for Chicago: Note their Dow Jones-like drop in scoring in each of their last four games: 48, 27, 14, 3.
Last week: 14
This week: 19
Explanation: They held Tennessee to 20 yards rushing, and Green Bay to 200. There! There’s a swollen statistic for you to contemplate. And while you’re at it, see if you can figure out why they still use that antiquated, mid-14th Century term, “rushing.”

CBS Sportsline
Last week: 17
This week: 18
Explanation: The defense is a sieve. Hard to believe this is a team known for tough, physical defense. It just isn’t happening and the passing game can’t keep up when the Bears fall behind.

Last week: 10
This week: 17
Explanation: Did Brian Urlacher bait Aaron Rodgers into throwing that interception while covering Donald Driver deep, and is there another over-30 middle linebacker who could possibly get away with that?

USA Today
Last week: 15
This week: 19
Explanation: Return of Kyle Orton didn’t turn out as well as expected.

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