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2012 NFL Power Rankings: Bears rated as No. 3 team in NFL

Chicago slipped in some power rankings after its loss to Houston, but still rates as one of the best teams in the NFL.

Jonathan Daniel

The Chicago Bears are still rated as one of the best teams in the NFL, but their loss to the Houston Texans this past Sunday night knocked them down a peg or two in most power rankings. Both Pete Prisco of CBS and ESPN's group of writers peg the Bears as the No. 3 team in the NFL.

Both Prisco and ESPN have the same question regarding the Bears: Do they have enough on offense? Both sites recognize that the Bears have a truly elite defense, but Chicago's offense has sputtered in its two high profile losses despite an abundance of on-paper weapons.

That offense, which may or may not be without Jay Cutler, will once again be tested on a big stage when the Bears take on the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night in Week 11. Both CBS & ESPN have the 49ers rated as the No. 4 team in the NFL, so Monday night's game should help to further determine the hierarchy in the NFC.