Bears in unlucky spot in power rankings

December 25th, 2008 - 12:00 am

Following their overtime victory over the Green Bay Packers, the Bears have been ranked No. 13 in four of the six national power rankings I compile each week. We all know that 13 is the universal bad luck number, so is that also a bad omen for the Bears in their playoff chase? Let’s hope not.

ESPN
Last week: 16
This week: 13
Explanation: This team is starting to seem blessed. (KS)

Fox Sports
Last week: 13
This week: 13
Explanation: Welcome to this year’s NFL, where a blocked field goal and game-winning kick in Week 16 has kept the Bears alive for a division title with one week left in the season. Give the team credit for rallying from a 14-3 halftime deficit after Chicago had blown several games early in the season. COOL STAT: RB Matt Forte has accounted for an NFL-high 35% percent of his team’s total yards from scrimmage this season.

CNNSI.com
Last week: 16
This week: 13
Explanation: If the Bears make the playoffs, that locker room ought to vote double shares to everyone on Chicago’s special teams units. Because it wasn’t the offense or the defense that kept the Bears season alive Monday night against the Packers. It was the guys who take the field when the ball is getting ready to be kicked.

CBS Sportsline
Last week: 16
This week: 14
Explanation: They’re alive — barely. They need to go to Houston and win and then get some help. Their chant for the week: Go Giants!

Yahoo
Last week: 17
This week: 13
Explanation: Will Alex Brown ever buy a meal in the Windy City again?

USA Today
Last week: 16
This week: 15
Explanation: Robbie Gould’s OT heroics in December keeping them alive.