The Bears players seem to be dropping like flies, so it’s only fitting that they drop like a stone in the Week 14 Power Rankings. And it’s not only NFL.com that has the Bears dropping. NFL.com drops the Bears 7 spots all the way down to #17 with the comment:
Matt Forte’s injury drops this club considerably. It’s not often that a first-half Hail Mary wins a game, but it happened Sunday at Soldier Field. It gave the Chiefs just enough offense to play it safe. Meanwhile, the Caleb Hanie-led attack did nothing for Chicago, especially without the queen on the chessboard in Forte. Hanie’s line? 11-of-24 passing, 133 yards and three interceptions. Ugh.
It’s never good when your synopsis ends with “Ugh.”
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CBS drops the Bears 3 spots down from 12 to 15:
Caleb Hanie isn’t the answer and now they will have to try and make a playoff push without Matt Forte. Good luck.
ESPN moved the Bears down 5 spots from 12 down to 17:
Lovie Smith wants to stand pat with Caleb Hanie and Josh McCown at QB. Suddenly, the Bears’ playoff run is being intercepted. (Clayton)
Oh that John Clayton. He’s so funny. Brian Billick handles the Power Rankings over at FoxSports.com. He moves the Bears down to #17 as well:
I am not sure if the Bears can overcome the loss of both QB Jay Cutler and now RB Matt Forte. Putting up only three points against the Chiefs isn’t a good sign of what’s to come for the Bears. They are getting the Broncos and Seahawks over the next two weeks, and both of them are playing their best football of the year. I’m not sure the Bears are going to be able to keep it together down the stretch to secure a playoff spot.
That was probably the most salient point of the bunch. It’s not necessarily about who you’re playing as when you’re playing them.