NFL Power Rankings: Falcons, Packers drop in Week 9

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Nov 1, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) throws the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports


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The Bears just lack the ability to close out games, and need to get to the next level. Thankfully, John Fox is leading this team in the right direction and we continue to see improvements across the team. Jay Cutler is playing as well as we’ve seen, and the prospect of getting injured rookie Kevin White in at receiver alongside Alshon Jeffery next season is exciting.

Defensively, they are making strides too. Eddie Goldman can be the anchor at nose tackle, and Pernell McPhee is one of the best pass rushers in the league. With next year’s draft and free agency period, the Bears will have the chance to continue its rise in the NFC North.

For now though, this season is no fun. The schedule has been brutal and it doesn’t ease up anytime soon. Chicago hits the road three times in the next four weeks, with trips to San Diego, St. Louis and Green Bay, with a home game with Denver in between.

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