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Every week we'll peek in around the interwebs to see where the Chicago Bears are ranked in the eyes of the various Power Rankers out there.

Just because the Chicago Bears were idle last week, that doesn't mean they weren't busy. Sure they took their mandated 4 days off, but Halas hall was hopping with activity. In case you missed it, they released starting defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff after he showed up for work in no condition to work.

So was he drunk, hungover, sleepy or something else? We may never know the full details on why the police were called to Halas Hall after Ratliff and GM Ryan Pace had words.

Head coach John Fox avoided saying much on the subject yesterday, but he did say, "Every situation is individually different," Fox said. "Like all our personnel decisions, regardless of who or whose name's on it, it's what we feel is best for the football team. And his was no different."

On the football field, Ratliff's release means that 2nd year pro Will Sutton is inserted into the starting lineup and rookie Eddie Goldman should receive more reps.

The Bears may be 2-4, but keep in mind that John Fox hasn't lost a game after the bye week since 2007 and his overall record after a bye is 10-3.

Let's take a look at how some of the Power Rankers have Chicago ranked this week.

No change from SB Nation, the Bears remain at 25.

Bleeding Green Nation, the SB Nation Philadelphia Eagles site, has the Bears ranked like this,

26) Chicago Bears (LW: 28) - Bye week.

Up two spots!?! Chicago must have kicked Bye weeks ass!

The SaintsCanal Street Chronicles moved the Bears down a smidge in their rankings.

27. Chicago Bears (2-4, Previously #26) - The Bears come out of their bye at 2-4, hoping to defend their home turf against Minnesota in week 8.

But Denver's Mile High Report has the Bears up!

Record 2-4. The Chicago Bears had their best game of the year on Sunday. Had to bump them up a few spots for that epic performance.

EPIC

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports moved the Bears up 4 spots to 15th!

Yes, you read that right, Fifteenth.

They've made strides this season in a lot off ways, but the roster is still limited. It will take time.

USA Today also moved the idle Bears up in their rankings, up 1 spot to 29th.

Did you know: Jay Cutler has as many wins (8) against the Vikings, his next opponent, as Lions and Packers combined?

Yes, I did know that.

ESPN has the Bears holding at 25.

Matt Forte has accounted for 33.4 percent of the Bears' yards from scrimmage, highest in the NFL. No other Bear has accounted for more than 14 percent of the team's yards.

The Shutdown Corner of Yahoo Sports has it like this,

24. Chicago Bears (2-4, LW: 25)

Alshon Jeffery played really well in his first game back. After a bye week to rest, hopefully he's good to go for the rest of the season and we won't have to hear about any more nagging injuries slowing him down.

Up 1, YES!

NFL.com moved the Bears down a spot to 25.

The Bears were off last week ... and the Cubbies are off this week. Too soon? I am old enough to remember Leon Durham and his sweet glasses. And I think I had the hologram baseball card that showed Will Clark going yard on Greg Maddux in the 1989 NLCS. I'm saying it right now: Cubs vs. Rangers in the 2016 World Series.

Oh, yeah: the Bears! Well, with no game last week ... Glad Matt Forte didn't get traded. #Week8

I've noticed the power rankers at NFL.com have a hard time staying on point.

What are your thoughts on the Bears post-bye? Do you see them climbing the charts?