January 5th, 2011
by bearsbacker

Here are the week 18 Bears power rankings from various sites around the web:

ESPN.com: #6 (Last week: #6)

Analysis, “The Bears better hope “Bad Jay Cutler” doesn’t show up for the playoffs.”

SI.com: #7 (Last week: #6)

Analysis, “I’ll grant you that a No. 7 ranking is fairly low for a No. 2 seed, but the Bears aren’t a dominant team as much as they are an opportunistic one. Of the four teams with first-round byes, the Bears rank a distant fourth in terms of scoring differential, with a +48 margin spread out over their 11-5 record. Compare that to New England (+203), Pittsburgh (+143), and Atlanta (+126), and you get the idea. A lot has to go right for Chicago to wind up in Dallas, and its margin of error is fairly slight. Then again, a lot already has gone right for Lovie Smith’s team this season, and maybe that mojo will keep on flowing in an NFC field that looks wide open.”

Yahoo Sports: #8 (Last week: #8)

Analysis, “Yo, Lovie Smith – was it really worth getting your quarterback pummeled to try to knock your rival out of the playoffs?”

Pro Football Talk: #7 (Last week: #6)

Analysis, “If the Bears face Atlanta for the NFC crown, it’s going to be hard not to pick the road team to win.”

WEEI.com: #7 (Last week: #6)

Analysis, “The Bears’ makeshift offensive line is very shaky. Jay Cutler was sacked more than any quarterback in the NFL — 52 times. They’ll enjoy a first-round bye but it will be difficult for Cutler and the Bears to be successful in the playoffs against teams like the Packers, Eagles, Saints and Falcons if the offensive line continues to play poorly into the postseason.”

CBS Sports: #5 (Last week: #3)
Analysis, “They have a week to rest after earning a first-round bye. The key for the playoffs is eliminating turnovers.”

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