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Week 13 NFL Power Ranking: Bears making baby steps

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NFL: New York Giants at Chicago Bears Kena Krutsinger-USA TODAY Sports

We take out weekly peek at the NFL Power Rankings to see how the nation perceives the Chicago Bears.

First up is Dan Hanzus, Around the NFL Writer for NFL.com, and he has the Bears up 2 spots to 21st.

Khalil Mack hasn’t been heard from much this season. In fact, he didn’t have a single tackle in Week 11’s Sunday night doomsday loss to the Rams. But the All-Pro linebacker was back to his game-wrecking ways against the Giants this past Sunday, recording a sack and forced fumble that set up an important insurance touchdown in a 19-14 win. The Bears expected a lot from Mack this season; the same can be said for Mitch Trubisky, who has suffered through one of the more disappointing quarterback seasons in recent memory. Trubisky at least showed some signs of life against the Giants, throwing for a season-high 278 yards and a touchdown. He also ran seven times for 18 yards and a touchdown, bringing back a positive aspect of his game that has all but disappeared in 2019. Trubisky threw his third red-zone interception of the season, but the Bears will still count Sunday as progress.

CBS Sports has the Bears down 1 to 22 overall.

At least Mitch Trubisky showed some life against the Giants. There were points in the game where he was actually impressive.

ESPN has the Bears down a spot to 21 and they also list what the team should be thankful for, their Defense.

The Bears’ offense is often sloppy and ineffective, but the defense usually keeps them in games. Case in point: Sunday’s victory over the Giants. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky played slightly better, but the offense made several big-time blunders that kept New York in striking distance. That is, until Khalil Mack recorded a strip sack that gave Chicago the ball on the New York 3-yard line. The Bears scored what proved to be the winning touchdown three plays later. Chicago’s defense might not be as good as it was last season, but the unit still comes up with timely plays. -- Jeff Dickerson

Sports Illustrated has it like this for the Bears.

22. CHICAGO BEARS (5-6)

Previous rank: 26

Points in poll: 81

Highest-place vote: 19 (1 voter)

Lowest-place vote: 24 (5 voters)

Last week’s result: Beat N.Y. Giants, 19-14

This week: at Detroit (Thurs.)

With the bar as low as possible against a two-win team, Mitchell Trubisky (25-of-41, 278 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 69.0 rating) did enough for an ugly win. Not much else to see here, but Allen Robinson turned in his best game of the season, catching six balls for 131 yards and a TD.

Here’s how the USA Today has it.

22. Bears (23): It’s convenient to pin blame for this season on Mitchell Trubisky. But what about running game that’s surpassed century mark twice all year?

Yahoo Sports has the Bears like this.

20. Chicago Bears (5-6, LW: 21)

Where was receiver Anthony Miller all season? He had 17 catches on 30 targets through nine games after a promising rookie season. Then the last two games, he suddenly posted 12 catches on 20 targets. Whatever the reason for the uptick, it would be good to see Miller continue this the rest of the season.

Athlon Sports has it like so.

21. Chicago Bears

Last week: 24

Not the prettiest of wins but given how things have gone, Chicago will certainly take it. We’ll see if Mitchell Trubisky can keep things rolling on a short week.

The Sporting News is keeping the Bears at 20.

20. Chicago Bears, 5-6 (20)

The Bears got better play from Mitchell Trubisky despite his two bad interceptions against the Giants. When the arm talent and legs manifest at their best, he looks like a legitimate NFL quarterback. But what Chicago needs is more consistency, or it will be stuck trying to take low-scoring games.

What are your thoughts on the Power Rankings this week?