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Bears still bottom feeders in ESPN's NFL Power Rankings

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- As Bill Parcells once said, “You are what your record says you are.”

At 2-5, the Bears have no one to blame but themselves for tumbling three spots to No. 28 in the latest version of ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings.

“Right now, we’re 2-5,” head coach John Fox said. “That’s kind of what we are, where we are. Whether it’s evaluating the coaches, evaluating the players, that’s what we are and we’re trying to get better than that and we’re doing everything in our power to get back better than that.”

The Bears just can’t finish off teams. Chicago had numerous opportunities to win at Ford Field before the bye week, but allowed the Lions to escape with an overtime victory. It was virtually the same story last Sunday at Soldier Field when the Bears committed several egregious defensive errors in the final two minutes of the Vikings’ stunning 23-20 comeback win.

In reality, the Bears could be 4-3 heading into Monday night’s showdown in San Diego against the Chargers. But you can also argue that Chicago is lucky to have defeated Oakland and Kansas City; and therefore could just as easily be 0-6.

That’s why No. 28 is an appropriate landing spot. The voters have it right this week.

I firmly believe the Bears can beat such teams as Tampa Bay (No. 21), Indianapolis (No. 22), Cleveland (23), Washington (24) and Houston (25) in head-to-head matchups, but Chicago’s 2-5 overall record is hard to ignore.

The effort is there. The results are not.

And that reminds me of another Parcells quote, “You don’t get any medal for trying something, you get medals for results.”