Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Chicago Bears Week 12 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Chicago Bears rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 27.2 (28th)
  • Best ranking: 26 (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 28 (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 12 roundup for the Bears in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 27

Most memorable Thanksgiving game: Bears upset Packers 17-13 at soggy Lambeau Field on Nov. 26, 2015

Any win over division-rival Green Bay is precious. It poured rain all day leading up to the Thanksgiving night game, but it was the Packers who ended up all wet. Heavy underdogs in former head coach John Fox's first season, the Bears somehow pulled out a victory as quarterback Jay Cutler passed for 200 yards and a touchdown. For Cutler, it was his first-ever win at Lambeau Field. What made it even sweeter for the Bears: The Packers chose that night to honor Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre at halftime. Talk about your all-time backfires. -- Jeff Dickerson -- Rank: 27

If the Bears can't find a way to beat a decimated Ravens team playing without Lamar Jackson, it's unclear how many more victories they'll find from here on out. Andy Dalton replaced an injured Justin Fields and threw two touchdown passes, including the dramatic would-be game-winner to Marquise Goodwin with 1:41 to play. But the Bears' defense flatlined when it mattered most, allowing Tyler Huntley to march Baltimore 72 yards to the game-winning score in the final minute. Bears fans were calling for Matt Nagy's firing during the game -- it seems increasingly likely they could get their wish soon enough.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 28

This season is basically over. Now comes the question of who gets fired after the season, Matt Nagy or Ryan Pace or both?

USA Today -- Rank: 28

With Khalil Mack shelved, OLB Robert Quinn somehow managed a career-best 3 1/2 sacks Sunday. At least something's going right in Chicago.

The Athletic -- Rank: 26

Best side dish: There's not much optimism here for the Bears. They rank 29th in points for, 21st in points against, they just lost to a backup quarterback making his first career start, their best player (Khalil Mack) is hurt and so is their prized young quarterback (Justin Fields). So who's their best side dish? Who knows. Wide receiver Darnell Mooney is pretty good. And they play the Lions this week, so perhaps they can end their five-game losing streak. A coaching change may also be in their near future. So they've got that going for them.

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