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Week 8 NFL Power Rankings: CBS Sports' Pete Prisco Puts Chicago At No. 16 In Latest Rankings

Following a difficult 24-13 loss to the Detroit Lions in week five, it seemed that the Chicago Bears would have a hard time even competing for a playoff berth. However, as CBS Sports' Pete Prisco points out in his latest NFL power rankings, the Bears have turned around their season heading into a much needed bye week:

The Bears have won consecutive games to turn their season around heading to their bye week. Simplifying the offense seems to have worked.

As Prisco points out, the offense has started to click since the loss to Detroit. In their past two games, the Bears have averaged 31.5 points per game and have done a much better job protecting Jay Culter in the pocket. However, the play of Matt Forte has been the key in the resurgence. With his 185 total yards against the Buccaneers, Forte became the third player since 2004 to go over 1,000 combined yards rushing and receiving in the first seven weeks of the season.

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