Chicago Bears lose again, continue to slide in the rankings


The Chicago Bears lost another close game on Sunday, all but extinguishing their playoff hope. What is left for them now is to retool in the offseason.

The Chicago Bears lost another close game. They lost another close game by another missed field goal.

The Chicago Bears became the first team to lose back-to-back games at home against teams that had records of 0-5 or worse going on the road. They are now 1-6 at home this season. You can’t do much when you can’t win at home.

As I mentioned, the Chicago Bears lost on another missed field goal by Robbie Gould. After missing two field goals that would have beaten the San Francisco 49ers last week, he missed one against Washington that would have tied the game late.

Was there something that went bad on the play? ‘‘There really were no issues,’’ said Gould.

If that was the case, then something is very bad. Gould is the third highest paid kicker this season and is set to be the highest paid one next season. If everything goes right and he is still missing, that does not bode well for him being on the team in 2016. After starting out 17-for-17 in field goals to start the season, he is just 9-for-15. That’s not good.

All the Chicago Bears are playing for now is to try to surpass last season’s win total, and to determine which players on this roster are good enough to come back on the next roster. A decision may already be made on Robbie Gould.

Let’s see how far down the Chicago Bears go in this week’s NFL Power Rankings for Week 14.

Previous: 1st. carolina panthers. 1. team. 87. The Panthers extended their regular season winning streak to seventeen. They obliterated the Atlanta Falcons and <strong><a href=. (13-0)

32. The Cardinals kept their hopes of catching up to the Panthers, but barely. They needed a <strong><a href=. (11-2). Previous: 2nd. arizona cardinals. 2. team

New England patriots. 3. team. 47. The Patriots ended their two-game slide. <strong><a href=. (11-2). Previous: 5th

green bay packers. 4. team. 49. <strong><a href=. (9-4). Previous: 6th

pittsburgh steelers. 5. team. 55. The Steelers had an impressive win against the Cincinnati Bengals. They knocked out <strong><a href=. (8-5). Previous: 7th

The Seahawks continue to be one of the hottest teams in the NFL. <strong><a href=. (8-5). Previous: 8th. Seattle seahawks. 6. team. 36

45. The Broncos had an ugly loss to the Oakland Raiders. The offense just could not get moving, mostly because they had no answer for <strong><a href=. (10-3). Previous: 4th. denver broncos. 7. team

56.  The Bengals lost a lot in a chippy game against the Steelers. They lost a game in the standings against the Pittsburgh, but most of all, they may have lost Andy Dalton for some time, maybe even the season, with a fractured thumb on his passing hand. . (10-3). Previous: 3rd. cincinnati bengals. 8. team

Two Chiefs were left for dead when they were struggling on offense and then lost <strong><a href=. (8-5). Previous: 10th. kansas city chiefs. 9. team. 124

(8-5). Previous: 11th. new york jets. 10. team. 30. The Jets continue their quest on making an unlikely playoff run, blowing out the Tennessee Titans. <strong><a href=

The Vikings took the Cardinals to the end, but ultimately lost. They are now a game behind the Packers, but with the Packers owning the tie-breaker, the Vikings have to make up two games in the final three. That is not happening. . (8-5). Previous: 9th. minnesota vikings. 11. team. 60

(7-6). Previous: 12th. indianapolis colts. 12. team. 46. Yes, the Colts took a beating this week, but with all the mediocre teams below them, they are still a tad better.

The Giants got a win against the Miami Dolphins to stay in first place in the NFC East. <strong><a href=. (6-7). Previous: 19th. New York giants. 14. team. 31

philadelphia eagles. 15. team. 54. The Eagles found a way to beat a yapping <strong><a href=. (6-7). Previous: 20th

Previous: 22nd. oakland raiders. 16. team. 28. The Raiders had 126 total yards of offense for the game, and they had -12 yards in the first half…AND THEY WON! Incredible but true. . (6-7)

buffalo bills. 17. team. 16. <strong><a href=. (6-7). Previous: 13th

Previous: 14th. tampa bay buccaneers. 18. team. 48.  The Bucs’ playoff hope took a hit with this loss. They had the ball with less than five minutes, but after three plays, they punted instead of going for the first down. The Saints then ran out the clock. . (6-7)

houston texans. 19. team. 10.  The Texans had the misfortune of playing a Patriots team that lost two games in a row. It would not reach three, as the Texans could not even reach the end zone. They are still alive in the AFC South, though. . (6-7). Previous: 16th

team. 44.  The Falcons have now lost seven of their last eight games and are under .500 for the season. Remember when they were 5-0? Neither does Atlanta. . (6-7). Previous: 15th. atlanta falcons. 20

57. The Bears have to be all in a room just rocking back and forth, saying “We are contenders” over and over. Their games have been decided by 6 points or less in nine of their last ten games. They have lost five of those games by a total of 18 points. It still adds up to a playoff-less season.  . (5-8). Previous: 17th. chicago bears. 21. team

miami dolphins. 22. team. 59. Remember when Dan Camphell took over and said running the ball would be a priority? Well, after they ran the ball just nine times against the Jets a couple of weeks ago, the Dolphins fired Bill Lazor as offensive coordinator. Now with Zach Taylor, the Dolphins ran the ball one-third of the time they threw it (22 times run vs. 64 times passed). Having <strong><a href=. (5-8). Previous: 18th

<strong><a href=. (5-8). Previous: 24th. st. louis rams. 23. team. 51

team. 50. The Lions had no answer for Todd Gurley’s running and <strong><a href=. (4-9). Previous: 22nd. detroit lions. 24

25. team. 15. The Saints ended their four-game losing streak and in the process dealt the Bucs a big blow to their playoff hopes. <strong><a href=. (5-8). Previous: 28th. new orleans saints

jacksonville jaguars. 26. team. 52. The Jaguars were in a shootout last week against the Titans, and the offensive explosion continued against the Colts. <strong><a href=. (5-8). Previous: 30th

26. With the Ravens having a quarter of their payroll on injured reserve, they could not do anything to stop the hot Seahawks. They had just 28 total yards on the ground, and the defense could not keep the Seahawks out of the end zone very much. . (4-9). Previous: 25th. baltimore ravens. 27. team

The Cowboys’ chances to win a division title are now all but over, even in the NFC East. They could only muster 270 total yards of offense. Now they can concentrate on trying to get the number one overall pick. You know <strong><a href=. (4-9). Previous: 26th. dallas cowboys. 28. team. 123

Previous: 27th. san francisco 49ers. 29. team. 42. After pulling off an upset last week against the Chicago Bears, the Niners went ahead and got blown out by the Browns, of all teams. The offensive line gave up NINE sacks. . (4-9)

team. 53. The Browns look different with <strong><a href=. (3-10). Previous: 32nd. cleveland browns. 30

tennessee titans. 31. team. 35. After running for over 100 yards last week, <strong><a href=. (3-10). Previous: 29th

32. team. 13. The Chargers just keep on losing. The defense held the Chiefs, but now the high-powered offense they had early in the season is nowhere to be found now. . (3-10). Previous: 31st. san diego chargers