Chicago Bears: Week 16 NFL Power Rankings (#10)

Last week: 10 (+0)

Record: 8-6

Net points per drive: 0.31 (9th)

DVOA: 18.9% (6th)

Weighted DVOA: 17.0% (6th)

I detailed the Giants/Bears battle for the 6th seed in the Giants’ write up. The Bears should take care of their business and beat the Cardinals and Detroit. They’ve beaten everyone they’re supposed to, going 7-0 SU as favorites of 3.5 or more this year. That would put them at 10-6 and needing a New York loss in Baltimore, which I think they get, to make the playoffs. However, the 6 seed will probably send them to Green Bay in the first round (against whom Jay Cutler is 1-8) and if it doesn’t, it’ll send them to San Francisco, who blew them out earlier this year (albeit without Cutler) and who might be the best team in the NFL. The Bears’ major struggles against playoff caliber teams should make them one and done this postseason.


RE Julius Peppers: 2 sacks and 3 quarterback hurries on 36 pass rush snaps, 1 penalty, 2 solo tackles, 4 stops

LE Corey Wootton: 2 sacks and 2 quarterback hurries on 41 pass rush snaps, 3 solo tackles, 2 stops

MLB Nick Roach: 6 solo tackles, 2 assists, 4 stops, 1 missed tackle, did not allow a catch on 2 attempts, 1 quarterback hurry on 7 blitzes

ROLB Blake Costanzo: 4 solo tackles, 1 assist, 3 stops, was not thrown on


QB Jay Cutler: 12 of 21 for 137 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 1 batted pass, 58.9 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 8 of 26 drop backs (4 sacks, 3 of 4)

LG James Brown: Allowed 2 sacks and 1 quarterback hurry on 20 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for 7 yards on 4 attempts

RG Gabe Carimi: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 18 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for 3 yards on 3 attempts

WR Alshon Jeffery: Did not catch a pass on 4 attempts on 31 pass snaps, 3 penalties

LOLB Lance Briggs: Allowed 6 catches for 87 yards on 8 attempts, 7 solo tackles, 2 assists, 3 stops, 2 missed tackles, 1 quarterback hurry on 7 blitzes, 1 batted pass

CB Kelvin Hayden: Allowed 6 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown on 10 attempts, 5 solo tackles, 2 assists, 2 stops, 1 missed tackle

CB DJ Moore: Allowed 5 catches for 80 yards and a touchdown on 6 attempts, 3 solo tackles, 1 assist, 2 stops, 1 missed tackles, 1 quarterback hurry on 1 blitzes, 1 batted pass




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