Chicago Bears slide continues, their power rating is low


The Chicago Bears slide reached three in a row, and were officially eliminated from playoff contention. They also took a hit in this week’s NFL Power Ratings.

Well, the season went down a sink hole in a hurry. Three weeks ago, we were talking about scenarios in which the Chicago Bears could make it to the playoffs.

Now, after three straight losses, the Bears are officially eliminated from playoff contention, and the only scenarios we are talking about now are ones in which they have a higher draft pick.

Head coach John Fox expressed disappointment in the team’s effort on Sunday, and with the overall Chicago Bears’ record.

"As we’ve talked about our record, it’s disappointing. I think it’s disappointing probably to our fans. I know it is to us in this building, whether you’re a player or a coach or administrator. That was probably one of our better performances, that Green Bay game. But that was four games ago. We’ve had three games since. We had opportunities. Yesterday was probably our poorest performance of those three games."

The coaching staff will analyze how well the current players perform in the final two games to determine who will be good enough to play on next season’s roster. There will be big decisions that need to be made.

The Chicago Bears will also try to surpass last season’s dismal win total of five. They are there now, so they need just one to do it, but the way they are playing, they may lose both both games remaining.

The slide also affected the Chicago Bears’ ranking in this week’s NFL Power Rankings. As the losses mount, their slide goes deeper.

Let’s see how this week’s rankings look:

87. The Panthers survived “Sunday Afternoon at the Fights” featuring <strong><a href=. (14-0). Previous: 1st. carolina panthers. 1. team

Previous: 2nd. arizona cardinals. 2. team. 32. <strong><a href=. (12-2)

team. 47. The Patriots had a bye week this week. I mean, they played the Tennessee Titans. <strong><a href=. (12-2). Previous: 3rd. New England patriots. 3

55. The Steelers offense did it again, scoring over 30 points for the sixth straight game. And they did it over the best defense in the NFL. <strong><a href=. (9-5). Previous: 5th. pittsburgh steelers. 4. team

The Packers seemed to sleepwalk through their game against the Oakland Raiders. <strong><a href=. (10-4). Previous: 4th. green bay packers. 5. team. 49

(9-5). Previous: 6th. Seattle seahawks. 6. team. 36. The Seahawks are the one team no one wants to play in the playoffs, but someone will as they clinched a playoff spot with their win. <strong><a href=

(11-3). Previous: 8th. cincinnati bengals. 7. team. 56.  The Bengals won their first game with <strong><a href=

kansas city chiefs. 8. team. 124. The Chiefs are the feel-good story of the NFL. After starting 1-5, they have now won eight in a row and are the hottest team in the AFC. . (9-5). Previous: 9th

9. team. 30. The Jets’ four-game winning streak is their longest since 2010. They are on a quest to make the playoffs again, but it will be an uphill battle. They don’t have the tiebreaker situations on their side, and they have to play the Patriots, so they will need help.. (9-5). Previous: 10th. new york jets

denver broncos. 10. team. 45. After an ugly loss against the Raiders last week, the Broncos cameout hot against the Steelers as <strong><a href=. (11-3). Previous: 7th

The Vikings took care of business and blew out the Bears. They are in the hunt for a Wild Card, but are also still in the race for the NFC North, though that seems like a pipe dream right now.. (9-5). Previous: 11th. minnesota vikings. 11. team. 60

team. 10.  The Texans took control of the AFC South by beating the Indianapolis Colts. Brandon Weedon came in after starter <strong><a href=. (7-7). Previous: 19th. houston texans. 13

31. The Giants dug themselves into a hole against the Panthers, then proceeded to make a furious comeback, only to let Newton move his team downfield and get the game-winning field goal. <strong><a href=. (6-8). Previous: 14th. New York giants. 14. team

46. With the Colts’ loss to Houston, the Colts are now in danger of not making it into the playoffs. Oh <strong><a href=. (6-8). Previous: 12th. indianapolis colts. 15. team

The Falcons got their second win in nine games. Not coincidentally, <strong><a href=. (7-7). Previous: 20th. atlanta falcons. 16. team. 44

<strong><a href=. (6-8). Previous: 23rd. st. louis rams. 17. team. 51

team. 54. The Eagles’ division title hopes took a hit after their loss to the Cardinals. Chip Kelly will have to regroup and see what other stars he can get rid of in the offseason.. (6-8). Previous: 15th. philadelphia eagles. 18

28. With their loss, the Raiders have now missed the playoffs for the 14th straight season. At least <strong><a href=. (6-8). Previous: 16th. oakland raiders. 19. team

50. After such a bad start, the Lions are now out of the NFC North cellar. <strong><a href=. (5-9). Previous: 24th. detroit lions. 20. team

16. After all the bravado with Rex Ryan at the start of the season, the Bills are where they have been for the 16th straight season — out of the playoff picture. <span style=. (6-8). Previous: 17th. buffalo bills. 21. team

48. The Bucs drafted the possible Rookie of the Year candidate in Jameis Winston in this year’s draft. They may want to invest in defense in next year’s draft. They gave up 31 points to the 31st-ranked Rams offense.. (6-8). Previous: 18th. tampa bay buccaneers. 22. team

57. The Chicago Bears have now lost three games in a row, and are looking like they are already in offseason mode. Missed tackles, miscommunication and just plain apathy is reigning at Halas Hall once again.. (5-9). Previous: 21st. chicago bears. 23. team

(5-9). Previous: 18th. miami dolphins. 24. team. 59. The Dolphins went all the way to San Diego to make the Chargers’ final game there a memorable one. There should be a mass turnover of players, coaches and front office personnel at the end of the season.

The Saints got blitzed by the Lions in a Monday night showdown. How many seasons will New Orleans need to deal with awful defenses before they decide to do something about it? Oh wait, why not just tear down the offense some more?. (5-9). Previous: 25th. new orleans saints. 25. team. 15

team. 52. <strong><a href=. (5-9). Previous: 15th. jacksonville jaguars. 26

26. This season cannot be over quick enough for the Ravens. It seems like each week someone else goes down. They have a playoff-caliber team on their injured reserve list.. (4-10). Previous: 27th. baltimore ravens. 27. team

team. 13. The Chargers played what may be their final game in San Diego, and they made it a good one. <strong><a href=. (4-10). Previous: 32nd. san diego chargers. 28

dallas cowboys. 29. team. 123. The Cowboys are officially eliminated from the playoff race, even in the NFC Least. They can let <strong><a href=. (4-10). Previous: 28th

42. The 49ers committed four turnovers against the Bengals, three of them <strong><a href=. (4-10). Previous: 29th. san francisco 49ers. 30. team

The Browns hung with the Seahawks for a half, but they eventually succumbed to the Legion of Boom.. (3-11). Previous: 30th. cleveland browns. 31. team. 53

Jacksonville lost to a reeling Falcons team, and lost <strong><a href=. (3-11). Previous: 31st. tennessee titans. 32. team. 35