Even though the Bears (4-3) were idle this week coming off their 24-18 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL's annual London showcase game in week 7, the NFL sands have still managed to shift beneath their feet. Within the NFC North, the Lions dominated Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos 45-10, while Christian Ponder and the Minnesota Vikings edged Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers 24-21.
It was difficult to justify moving the Bears too far upward, considering teams ahead of them were either on bye as well or were victorious over the weekend. One particular game of note for the NFC playoff picture and the NFL Power Rankings scene was the game the New York Giants squeezed out against the woeful Miami Dolphins.
Here's what they have to say about the Bears in the SB Nation Week 9 Power Rankings:
The upcoming Monday Night showdown against the Eagles (3-4) will go a long way in telling fans where the Bears stand in the NFC playoff scene.