Chicago Bears pull off upset, rise in latest NFL Power Rankings


The Chicago Bears pulled off a big upset of the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving night. In the process, they moved up in the latest NFL Power Rankings.

Not many people gave the Chicago Bears a shot at winning their Thanksgiving night game against the Green Bay Packers. Jay Cutler had a 1-11 career record against them and never won at Lambeau Field. Also, the Packers were retiring Brett Favre‘s number, and Bart Starr, who was in bad health, was in attendance.

Well, the Bears ruined the night. They played the Packers tight, and ended up with a 17-13 victory. That win not only gave them some momentum in trying to end the season strong, but also put them in the playoff talk.

Are we talking about the playoffs, for the Bears? Yes we are. With the Bears win, they are now just one game behind the Seattle Seahawks for the last playoff spot in the NFC.

It will still be an uphill climb for the Bears to get to the playoffs, but they are in the conversation, and that is good, considering that some publications, like the USA Today, picked them to have the worst record in the NFL (they predicted a 3-13 record for them).

The Bears moved up in the latest NFL Power Rankings as well. A lot of teams made a move, and the Bears were one of them. Let’s take a look at how the rankings look:

carolina panthers. 1. team. 87. The Panthers ran their regular season winning streak to 15 games. <strong><a href=. (11-0). Previous: 2nd

After winning two difficult games against rivals in consecutive weeks, the Patriots could not make it three. They fell to the <strong><a href=. (10-1). Previous: 1st. New England patriots. 2. team. 47

32. The Cardinals ran their winning streak to five by squeaking past the San Francisco 49ers. They took the Niners lightly and it almost cost them. <strong><a href=. (9-2). Previous: 3rd. arizona cardinals. 3. team

minnesota vikings. 4. team. 60. The Vikings bounced back from their loss to the Packers last week by beating the tumbling Atlanta Falcons. <strong><a href=. (8-3). Previous: 6th

cincinnati bengals. 5. team. 56.  The Bengals ended their two-game winning streak by blowing out the St. Louis Rams. The defense had three interceptions, returning one of them for a touchdown. <strong><a href=. (9-2). Previous: 7th

Previous: 8th. denver broncos. 6. team. 45. The Broncos ended the Patriots perfect season. <strong><a href=. (9-2)

49.  The Packers were upset by the Bears on Thanksgiving at rainy and muddy Lambeau Field. The loss knocked the Packers out of first in the NFC North. The loss of <strong><a href=. (7-4). Previous: 5th. green bay packers. 7. team

55. The lost a thriller to the Seahawks in a game that had seven lead changes. <strong><a href=. (6-5). Previous: 4th. pittsburgh steelers. 8. team

Seattle seahawks. 9. team. 36. The Seahawks are finally over .500, but they still have problems. Their vaunted defense gave up 530 yards and 30 points. <strong><a href=. (6-5). Previous: 11th

<strong><a href=. (6-5). Previous: 12th. indianapolis colts. 10. team. 46

11. team. 44.  The slide continues for the Falcons. They have now lost five of their last six after starting out 5-0. On defense, they could not stop Adrian Peterson. Of offense, <strong><a href=. (6-5). Previous: 9th. atlanta falcons

124. The Chiefs just keep on rolling. They have won five games in a row now. <strong><a href=. (6-5). Previous: 14th. kansas city chiefs. 12. team

team. 30. The Jets stay in the playoff hunt with a blowout win against the reeling Miami Dolphins. <strong><a href=. (6-5). Previous: 15th. new york jets. 13

The Texans have run their winning streak to four now, and while once they were considered a joke, they are now fighting for the AFC South title. <strong><a href=. (6-5). Previous: 17th. houston texans. 14. team. 10

The Bears had an impressive win against the Packers in Green Bay. Jay Cutler had another good game without any turnovers, and the defense bent but did not break. They have won five of eight, but they have to put together some good games at home to keep their playoff hopes alive. They are 1-4 at home and 4-2 on the road. . (5-6). Previous: 19th. chicago bears. 15. team. 57

New York giants. 16. team. 31. After their bye, the Giants laid an egg against Washington. They did not score until the fourth quarter. <strong><a href=. (5-6). Previous: 10th

(5-6). Previous: 13th. buffalo bills. 17. team. 16. The Bills’ playoff hopes took a shot with their loss. They would be going up against a team like the Chiefs for a Wild Card, and now they lose in a tie-breaker situation against them. <strong><a href=

Previous: 16th. tampa bay buccaneers. 18. team. 48.  The Bucs’ modest two-game winning streak was stopped. <strong><a href=. (5-6)

(5-6). Previous: 23rd. oakland raiders. 19. team. 28. The Raiders ended their three-game losing streak with a win in a sloppy game. <strong><a href=

team. 59.  The Dolphins are a mess right now. <strong><a href=. (4-7). Previous: 18th. miami dolphins. 21

22. team. 50. The Lions are playing like the Lions of last year. They thoroughly dismantled the Philadelphia Eagles on Thanksgiving, and now have won three in a row. Stafford has his groove back and so does <strong><a href=. (4-7). Previous: 28th. detroit lions

(4-7). Previous: 20th. st. louis rams. 23. team. 51. The Rams have now lost four games in a row. Their offense is horrible, ranking dead last in passing. <strong><a href=

24. team. 26. The Ravens finally had something right go for them in a close game. They blocked a field goal attempt with no time on the clock, and ran it in for the game-winning touchdown. They also had a punt returned for a touchdown so special teams was pretty special on Monday night. . (4-7). Previous: 27th. baltimore ravens

54. The Eagles looked like they were under the influence of turkey before they played the game against the Lions. They had absolutely nothing going on in the game. They were sleep walking through it. This is the team that Chip Kelly wanted, folks. . (4-7). Previous: 21st. philadelphia eagles. 25. team

26. team. 15. The Saints could not muster enough offense to score a touchdown. Match that with a defense that gives up points like they are going out of style and you get one awful team. . (4-7). Previous: 22nd. new orleans saints

27. team. 13. The Chargers snapped their six-game losing streak. They scored 21 points in the second quarter before letting the Jaguars back into the game in the fourth quarter. <strong><a href=. (3-8). Previous: 30th. san diego chargers

28. team. 52. The Jaguars could not keep up with the Colts and Texans, and fell two games behind them in the AFC South. They had no answer to the Chargers’ passing attack in the first half. They did hold them to ten second-half points and gave themselves a chance, but they could not pull out a win. . (4-7). Previous: 26th. jacksonville jaguars

(3-8). Previous: 25th. dallas cowboys. 29. team. 123. The Cowboys were confident that having <strong><a href=

42. The 49ers almost caught the Cardinals taking them for granted, but could not pull off the upset. Once again, there was no rushing attack, and <strong><a href=. (3-8). Previous: 29th. san francisco 49ers. 30. team

Previous: 31st. tennessee titans. 31. team. 35. <strong> </strong>The Titans have now lost nine of their last ten games. <strong><a href=. (2-9)

53. The Browns lost in heartbreak fashion on Monday night. Going for the game-winning field goal, it got blocked and returned for a touchdown as time expired. <strong><a href=. (2-9). Previous: 32nd. cleveland browns. 32. team