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Bears earn No. 9 spot in NFL.com Power Rankings

“Of all the teams ranked in the top 10 of last week’s column, the Bears were the least trustworthy — hence, they were in the 10-spot,” Harrison wrote. “While beating the Bills wouldn’t typically launch a team upward, do consider the manner in which Chicago toppled Buffalo in Buffalo. The defense accounted for multiple touchdowns, making this a non-affair in which offense was optional — for both teams. Most notable were the linebackers. Roquan Smith tallied 12 tackles, as did Danny Trevathan. Leonard Floyd managed three, as well as a pick-six. Notice which OLB/edge rusher is missing? Yeah, Da Bears dominated without that guy.”

Harrison makes a lot of interesting points. Beating the Buffalo Bills is not something that people will remember as a signature game, but the Bears did beat up Buffalo on the road. The Bills entered the game with a respectable defense and Chicago did a good job of keeping up with them all day. The defense, on the other hand, is what dominated the game for Chicago. The team picked off quarterback Nathan Peterman three times with Floyd returning one for a touchdown. Safety Eddie Jackson also returned a forced fumble for a touchdown.

It was also pointed out that Chicago’s defense dominated without Khalil Mack on the field. The talented pass-rusher missed his second-straight game in Week 9 because of an ankle injury. That injury first came to light in Week 6 against the Miami Dolphins. Mack continued to play with the injury against the Dolphins and a week later against the New England Patriots before he missed Week 8 against the New York Jets. The Bears have not said when Mack will be back, but many seem to believe he will return soon with Chicago playing three-straight NFC North opponents between Week 10 and Week 12.

Even with the Bears sitting atop the division, Harrison has the Minnesota Vikings ahead of Chicago in his Power Rankings. He had the Vikings at No. 8 last week and Chicago at No. 10. He praised Minnesota’s defense in Week 9 against the Detroit Lions and the running game with Dalvin Cook.

The Bears will play the Lions this week at home and follow that up with a Sunday Night Football showdown at Soldier Field a week later against the Vikings. Just four days after that, Chicago will travel to Detroit to play the Lions on Thanksgiving Day.

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