NFL Power Rankings: Chicago Bears regrouping during their bye


The Chicago Bears did not play in Week 7. They tried to use the week to regroup after a 2-4 start to the season. 

The Chicago Bears had a bye in Week 7. After a 2-4 start to the season, they are trying to regroup, tweak things so they can have a good end to the season.

Even though they did not play, the Bears still made news during the week. Jay Ratliff caused quite a stir at Halas Hall last week, and was asked to leave. He did, but then returned, and he caused such a commotion that the Lake Forest Police had to be called.

Of course, the Chicago Bears were mum on what happened, and some of the media was accused of holding off on reporting anything.

Ratliff was quickly released by the Bears.

That now puts the pressure on rookie Eddie Goldman. He did a good job stepping in for Ratliff during his three-game suspension earlier this season, but now he knows that he has to be the man in the middle of the defensive line.

How Goldman reacts to being a full-time starter will go a long way in helping the Bears get back to respectability.

Let’s take a look at how the rankings look for Week 7:

Previous: 1st. New England patriots. 1. team. 47.  The Patriots faced the number one defense in the New York Jets, and they squeaked away with a victory. New England was shaky for most of the game, But <strong><a href=. (6-0)

green bay packers. 2. team. 49.  The Packers had a bye in Week 7. They face the Denver Broncos in Week 8. . (6-0). Previous: 2nd

Previous: 4th. cincinnati bengals. 3. team. 56.  The Bengals had a bye in Week 7. They face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8. . (6-0)

45. The Broncos had a bye in Week 7. They face the Green Bay Packers in Week 8. . (6-0). Previous: 5th. denver broncos. 4. team

The Panthers looked impressive Sunday night against the Eagles.<strong><a href=. (6-0). Previous: 5th. carolina panthers. 5. team. 87

arizona cardinals. 6. team. 32. The Cardinals had trouble pulling away from the Ravens, and nearly got knocked out late in the game before the defense came up with an interception. We are seeing vintage <strong><a href=. (5-2). Previous: 7th

Previous: 8th. atlanta falcons. 7. team. 44.  The Falcons bounced back from their surprise loss against Saints last week…barely. Their high-powered offense was held to just 10 points by Tennessee, who gave up 38 to the Miami Dolphins last week. But, hey, a road win is a road win. . (6-1)

8. team. 55. <strong><a href=. (5-3). Previous: 6th. pittsburgh steelers

60. The Vikings did what the Bears could not last week — hold a lead against the Lions. <strong><a href=. (4-2). Previous: 11th. minnesota vikings. 9. team

30. The Jets gave the Patriots all they could handle, but mental mistakes and drops cost them a chance to win. Brady killed the top-ranked defense in the final quarter, going 13-for-16 for 135 yards and two touchdowns. <strong><a href=. (4-2). Previous: 10th. new york jets. 10. team

Previous: 13th. Seattle seahawks. 11. team. 36. After a lackluster return from an injury, <strong><a href=. (3-4)

59.  The Dolphins got another big, blowout win against a weak team. <strong><a href=. (3-3). Previous: 15th. miami dolphins. 12. team

team. 51. <strong><a href=. (3-3). Previous: 17th. st. louis rams. 13

31. This week we saw the good Giants play. Former Cowboy <strong><a href=. (4-3). Previous: 18th. New York giants. 14. team

Previous: 10th. dallas cowboys. 15. team. 123. The Cowboys lost their fourth game in a row missing <strong><a href=. (2-4)

Andrew Luck continues to slide. He had 333 yards and three touchdowns, but he also had 3 interceptions. He now has 9 interceptions this season, third-most in the NFL. They were held scoreless in the first half. Things are tightening up for Indy head coach Chuck Pagano. . (3-4). Previous: 12th. indianapolis colts. 16. team. 46

The Eagles intercepted <strong><a href=. (3-4). Previous: 14th. philadelphia eagles. 17. team. 54

team. 15. The Saints pulled off two big wins in a row, beating Atlanta last week and Indianapolis this week. <strong><a href=. (2-4). Previous: 20th. new orleans saints. 18

19. team. 16. The Bills are resembling a MASH unit with all the injuries piling up. <strong><a href=. (3-4). Previous: 16th. buffalo bills

<strong><a href=. (3-3). Previous: 22nd. oakland raiders. 20. team. 28

21. team. 13. The Chargers got thoroughly embarrassed in a matchup for who will end up going to play in Los Angeles. <strong><a href=. (2-5). Previous: 19th. san diego chargers

The Bears had a bye in Week 7. They play the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8.. (2-4). Previous: 23rd. chicago bears. 22. team. 57

team. 124. The Chiefs had a nice win that snapped a five-game losing streak. The defense did a good job of handling <strong><a href=. (2-5). Previous: 24th. kansas city chiefs. 23

team. 53. The Browns looked completely useless against the Rams’ defense, allowing four sacks and losing four fumbles. <strong><a href=. (2-5). Previous: 21st. cleveland browns. 24

(2-5). Previous: 30th. jacksonville jaguars. 26. team. 52. <strong><a href=

tampa bay buccaneers. 27. team. 48.  The Bucs were rolling in the first half, grabbing a 24-7 lead. Then halftime came and they somehow lost their groove. They score just six points in the second half and lost. Well, <strong><a href=. (2-4). Previous: 26th

42. The Niners lost their fourth consecutive game against the Seahawks, and could not get anything going on offense. While they sacked Wilson five times, he completed 10 of his first 12 passes and had 235 yards passing. <strong><a href=. (2-4). Previous: 26th. san francisco 49ers. 28. team

26. The Ravens lost another close game. All of their games have been decided by eight points or less. The record could very well be reversed, but it is not.  . (1-6). Previous: 29th. baltimore ravens. 29. team

10.  Ryan Mallet missed the pre-game flight, and things went downhill from there for the Texans. They looked at a 41-0 deficit at halftime. Then, late in the blowout, somehow <strong><a href=. (2-4). Previous: 25th. houston texans. 30. team

<strong> </strong><strong><a href=. (1-5). Previous: 31st. tennessee titans. 31. team. 35

50. The Lions were up 14-3 after their first two drives, but they suddenly stopped protecting <strong><a href=. (1-6). Previous: 32nd. detroit lions. 32. team

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