This is a big week for our Chicago Bears. After coming back in such amazing fashion, scoring ten points in seventy-six seconds to send the game into overtime against the Giants they weren’t able to finish the job, losing in Overtime 30-27. Now they are faced with the best team in football coming to town Sunday night for a nationally televised game! Bears vs Rams on NBC Sunday Night Football. Certainly their biggest test of the season, but I’m not sure the Rams are quite certain what they’re gonna get when the arrive in Chicago. After the loss on Sunday the Bears fell a couple of spots in the NFL Power Rankings, but they’re still top 10 (actually 7th) and getting’ ready to take on the Rams. Your Thoughts:
This weeks NFL Power Rankings:
1. Rams 11-1 (2): Aaron Donald is steamrolling his way toward a second consecutive Defensive Player of the Year award. J.J. Watt and Lawrence Taylor are the only previous back-to-back winners.
2. Saints 10-2 (1): The road loss to the Cowboys should be viewed as a chance for Saints to tighten up a few things on offense.
3. Chiefs 10-2 (3): Kareem Hunt’s ugly exit should be overcome from a football standpoint, as QB Patrick Mahomes is enjoying an amazing season.
4. Patriots 9-3 (4): Wide receiver Josh Gordon is starting to really fit in with the offense, and that makes them much more potent heading to January.
5. Chargers 9-3 (7): Did they finally solve their longrunning kicking woes after Michael Badgley hit the winner Sunday night in Pittsburgh?
6. Texans 9-3 (8): After a ninth straight win and the Colts, Jets, Eagles and Jaguars closing out the schedule, they have to be aiming for a first-round bye.
7. Bears 8-4 (5): After facing the Giants (21st-ranked offense), Lions (twice, 23rd), Vikings (16th), Bills (31st) and Jets (30th) in recent weeks, they will see how their defense stacks up against the second-ranked Rams offense on Sunday night.
8. Steelers 7-4-1 (6): Sunday’s loss to the Chargers was historic as they blew a 16-point lead at home for the first time in franchise history.
9. Cowboys 7-5 (11): Rod Marinelli remains one of the very best defensive masterminds. Thursday’s throttling of the Saints was proof that defensive football can thrive a few weeks after the Rams-Chiefs prime-time shootout.
10. Seahawks 7-5 (10): Russell Wilson has thrown at least two touchdown passes in eight consecutive games.
11. Ravens 7-5 (16): Three straight wins with rookie Lamar Jackson at quarterback has them squarely in AFC playoff picture. No time for a change now.
12. Vikings 6-5-1 (9): They’ve lost two of three, and that makes Monday’s trip to Seattle crucial for their NFC playoff hopes and to have a shot at catching the division leading Bears.
13. Broncos 6-6 (14): They are thinking playoffs, so they won’t place cornerback Chris Harris Jr. on injured reserve with a broken leg. Maybe they can play into January.
14. Eagles 6-6 (17): Carson Wentz was on point in Monday night’s win over the Redskins, setting up an NFC East showdown Sunday at the Cowboys.
15. Titans 6-6 (15): Marcus Mariota’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis with 36 seconds remaining was his eighth game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime in the last two seasons.
16. Panthers 6-6 (12): Their fourth straight loss has prompted a staff shakeup, with Ron Rivera back calling the defense.
17. Colts 6-6 (13): They lost without allowing a tochdown for the first time since 1997 in Sunday’s miserable 6-0 shutout in Jacksonville.
18. Dolphins 6-6 (23): Playoff odds are stacked against them, but they start their final push by hosting the Patriots, whom they’ve defeated four of the last five times they’ve met in Miami.
19. Buccaneers 5-7 (26): Their maligned secondary picked off Cam Newton four times in an upset.
20. Redskins 6-6 (18): A broken leg for Colt McCoy puts the offense in the hands of the Sanchize, Mark Sanchez, for the stretch run as their playoff hopes faded in Philadelphia.
21. Giants 4-8 (27): I don’t think Odell Beckham Jr. will have to worry about playing on the hands team again — and that’s not a judgment on the quality of his hands.
22. Bengals 5-7 (22): With injuries piling up — QB Andy Dalton and WR A.J. Green are done for the season — the losses are as well, with three straight.
23. Packers 4-7-1 (19): Firing Mike McCarthy early gives him a chance to catch his breath and survey the landscape, and the Packers get a head start in lining up potential candidates. Both parties win.
24. Browns 4-7-1 (20): Rookie growing pains hit Baker Mayfield in Houston. The Texans defense can have that effect on young quarterbacks.
25. Jaguars 4-8 (28). Their seven-game losing streak ended with a 6-0 win over the Colts, proving the defense can still put together a stout effort.
26. Lions 4-8 (21): They had back-to-back winning seasons in Jim Caldwell’s final two years for the first time since 1994-95; they’ll be .500 at best in Year 1 with Matt Patricia.
27. Bills 4-8 (25): Rookie QB Josh Allen produced 366 yards of offense and they outgained the Dolphins by 240 yards but still managed to lose in Miami. Bills quarterback Josh Allen celebrates a two-point conversion with teammate LeSean McCoy during a game against the Dolphins on Dec. 2, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Lynne Sladky/AP)
28. Falcons 4-8 (24): Injuries crippled the defense at the start of the season, but that doesn’t explain how this offense has turned to mush.
29. Cardinals 3-9 (32): It’s been a forgettable first season for coach Steve Wilks, but they will remember their first win in Green Bay since 1949 — when their home field was Comiskey Park — for a long time.
30. Jets 3-9 (29): Tabloid buzz will tie Mike McCarthy to this job for the next month, but the former Super Bowl champ can be pickier than jumping at Gang Green if he chooses.
31. 49ers 2-10 (30): It’s a Bay Area race for the No. 1 pick, and the 49ers, who don’t face a team with a losing record in the final four weeks, have a leg up on the Silver and Black.
32. Raiders 2-10 (31): The offense is starting to show some signs of life, with the 40-33 loss to the Chiefs as evidence, but have they really reached the basement yet with Jon Gruden?