Expected win yields little change in rankings

December 10th, 2008 - 12:00 am

There weren’t a whole lot of experts — or average fans, for that matter — who thought the Bears were going to lose to the Jaguars this week. Hence, there was little movement for the Bears in this week’s national power rankings.

ESPN
Last week: 19
This week: 19
Explanation: The Bears will play in a quick turnaround game Thursday night, but it’s against a New Orleans team that struggles away from the Superdome. (KS)

Fox Sports
Last week: 18
This week: 17
Explanation: Kyle Orton and the Bears got back on track against a finished Jaguars team, but this week poses sort of an elimination game as the Saints come marching in to Soldier Field with both teams hoping to make a late postseason charge. Bears fans hoping Mother Nature will help rain on New Orleans’ passing parade, take note: Kickoff temperature Thursday is expected to be in the low-mid 20s in Chicago, with the wind chills in the teens and dropping throughout the game.

CNNSI.com
Last week: 19
This week: 18
Explanation: Second-round rookie running back Matt Forte is averaging 113.5 yards of combined rushing and receiving per game this season, with 10 touchdowns. Which is more than the combined output of rookie running backs Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Rashard Mendenhall by more than 550 yards. Just remember that during next spring’s NFL draft buildup, when everyone’s trying to tell you who’s going to do what in 2009.

CBS Sportsline
Last week: 18
This week: 16
Explanation: It’s too bad they can’t get a lifeless Jaguars team every week, they might have already clinched a playoff berth. The defense is playing better as of late.

Yahoo
Last week: 17
This week: 17
Explanation: Given Minnesota’s remaining schedule, and Gus Frerotte’s back injury, shouldn’t winning the NFC North seem extremely plausible?

USA Today
Last week: 19
This week: 18
Explanation: Their schedule is more favorable than Vikings, but Bears on wrong side of tiebreakers.

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