NFL Power Rankings, Week 11: Did The Chicago Bears Make Believers Out Of Doubters?

After an impressive 37-13 home victory over the division rival Detroit Lions (6-3) on Sunday afternoon, the Chicago Bears (6-3) should earn broad respect among NFL experts.

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 11: NFL.com Inches Chicago Bears Into Top Ten

The nine-writer panel at NFL.com has posted its Week 11 NFL Power Rankings, and the Chicago Bears have jumped up three spots into the top ten, at No. 9. The Bears are listed as the fifth best team in the NFC, which puts them in the playoffs as the first wildcard team. Meanwhile, the Detroit Lions have fallen four spots to No. 11 after Sunday afternoon's 37-13 loss to the Bears.

Here is how NFL.com's panel sees the best and the worst teams in the league as of Week 11:

NFL.com's Top 5

1. Green Bay Packers 
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
4. New Orleans Saints
5. Houston Texans

NFL.com's Bottom 5

28. Carolina Panthers
29t. St. Louis Rams
29t. Washington Redskins
31. Cleveland Browns
32. Indianapolis Colts

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 11: ESPN Has Chicago Bears In Top Five

ESPN has released its version of the Week 11 NFL Power Rankings, and according to their panel of five writers the Chicago Bears are worthy of a No. 5 overall ranking. Even with the four spot jump from last week, the Bears are still ranked behind the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints. The good news is that the Bears have moved off the fringe and are firmly in the playoffs in the new update.

John Clayton has this comment on the upward movement of the Bears: 

Whenever Devin Hester returns a kick for a score, this team is basically unbeatable. (Clayton)    

ESPN's Top 5

1. Green Bay Packers 
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. New Orleans Saints
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
5. Chicago Bears

ESPN's Bottom 5

28. Cleveland Browns
29. Miami Dolphins
30. St. Louis Rams
31. Carolina Panthers
32. Indianapolis Colts

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 11: Chicago Bears Move Into Top Ten On CBS Sports

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has released his Week 11 NFL Power Rankings, and the Chicago Bears have moved up five spots to No. 9 overall. While this spot leaves the Bears as the fifth best in the NFC, it does move them ahead of the Detroit Lions. This should come as no surprise, considering they ust dominated the Lions 37-13 on Sunday afternoon.

Prisco was blunt about the Bears' playoff chances moving forward: 

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Looking at their schedule, it's hard to imagine them not being in the playoffs. They've had a good month.

Here is how his top-10 looks:

  1. Green Bay Packers
  2. San Francisco 49ers
  3. Houston Texans
  4. Baltimore Ravens
  5. Pittsburgh Steelers
  6. New Orleans Saints
  7. New England Patriots
  8. New York Giants
  9. Chicago Bears
  10. Detroit Lions

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 11: Chicago Bears Jump Five Spots In Fox Sports Rankings

Brian Billick of Fox Sports has released his Week 11 NFL Power Rankings, and according to the former NFL head coach, the Bears are now favorites to earn a wildcard berth. The Bears have moved up five spots in Billick's rankings, all the way to No. 7, which slots them as the fourth best in the NFC and one spot ahead of the No. 8 New York Giants.

Here is Billick's take on the Bears after their win over the Lions:

RK      TEAM           RECORD    CHANGE     HIGH/LOW

7

6-3 5 7/18

The Bears made it clear on Sunday they don't wait for turnovers, but rather create them. Going into the game, the Lions had the fewest turnovers in the league (5), and then the Bears forced six takeaways and added an 82-yard punt return for a TD. This defense has found its identity again, and will earn a wild-card spot because of it.
In case you are interested, here is how his top-10 shakes out:

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Week 11 NFL Power Rankings: Did The Chicago Bears Make Believers Out Of Doubters?

After an impressive 37-13 home victory over the division rival Detroit Lions (6-3) on Sunday afternoon, the Chicago Bears (6-3) should earn broad respect among NFL experts.

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