NFL Power Rankings - Week 12: Green Bay rising

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NFL Power Rankings - Week 12: Green Bay rising

Each week throughout the regular season, we'll be rankingall 32 NFL teams.

Take a look and offer up your thoughts inthe comment box below or to us on Twitter @BearsTalkCSN.

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SK JF Comments 1SK: Got caught looking past Jaguars,but Schaub saved the day.
JF: Almost suffered embarrassing home loss to Jags, but held them off. 2 SK:When it's all said and done, Packers may be the best team in the NFC.
JF: Ryan looked like a Cardinals QB last week (5 INT) in narrow win over Arizona.
3 SK: Still don't know how ATL is 9-1?Somehow just keep squeaking by BAD opponents.
JF: Anyone else get the feeling Rodgers is just getting started?
4 SK: Total beatdown of the Bears.Kaepernick should be the guy from here on out.
JF: Very impressive beat down of Bears on MNF.
5 SK:Losing McGahee hurts, but Broncos have a favorable schedule down thestretch.
JF: They don't win pretty, but they do keep on winning.
6 SK:Are they ever going to lose a game in the AFC North?
JF: This is just the way Elway and the Broncos had hoped the Manning project would go.
7 SK: Lose Gronk, but get A-Aron back.Not a bad position to be in.
JF: When you score 59 points you win most games. Losing Gronk will hurt.
8 SK:O-Line is in shambles after massacre by the bay. Cutler or not, theline can't block.
JF: Monday's loss was a nightmare for the Bears. Need Cutler back fast.
9 SK: Can't take fading Dolphinslightly.
JF: Coming off a BYE week the Seahawks are hungry and they're gonna eat.
10 SK: Freeman has saved his starting joband has Bucs squarely in the playoff picture.
JF: Statement game in Chicago this weekend for the Vikings.
11 SK:Not the opponent (Green Bay) you want to see coming off the bye week.
JF: It's time for Manning to snap back to reality and become Eli-te again.
12 SK:Showdown looming with the 49ers on Sunday.
JF: The Bucs can't be stopped of late, but that may change vs. Falcons.
13 SK:Charlie Batch, step right up. You're the contestant on the SteelersQB carousel.
JF: Home dominance will come to an end against the 49ers.
14 SK:Rough loss in New England. Still right there in the playoff mixthough.
JF: Should move above .500 vs. the Raiders this week.
15 SK:Could vault past the Bears in NFC North with a win at Soldier Field.
JF: Lost a little luster with blowout loss in New England.
16 SK:Don't look now. The Bengals seem to have found their mojo again.
JF: Still have a good team, but without Big Ben they are mediocre.
17 SK:Squeaked by the Browns, but a win is a win.
JF: Can make a statement with a home over Redskins on Turkey Day.
18 SK:Is RGIII even from this planet? He's doing un-human things right now.
JF: Must-win game at home vs. Rams.
19 SK:The Lions mess if a season continues after not being to put Green Bayaway.
JF: RG3 and the 'Skins will have yet another tough test in Dallas.
20 SK:Losers of five out of their last six and it doesn't get any easierwith Baltimore on tap.
JF: Really at a crossroads. Important week for the Lions.
21 SK: Losing skid has hit three foreverybody's early season surprise team.
JF: Things have really turned sour in St. Louis.
22 SK: Rejoice! TheBills have finally notched a November victory.
JF: Did you expect them to be higher? Not after last week.
23 SK: Need consistency down the stretch.Never know what you'll get each week from Titans.
JF: Narrow defeat to Dallas had to hurt.
24 SK:Ended losing streak, but Jets are nowhere near where Rex Ryanenvisioned them.
JF: Looking to pick up steam late. Spiller ready to carry the load.
25 SK:Blew a big lead in Atlanta. Time to see what Cardinals have in RyanLindley.
JF: This Dolphin tale won't have a happy ending.
26 SK: Sorry Eaglesfans, but it doesn't look like Andy Reid is quitting anytime soon.
JF: Must build off of road win in St. Louis and get on a roll.
27 SK:No positives to take from Sunday's loss to the Jets.
JF: No room for a letdown against Jacksonville.
28
SK:It's looking more and more like Ron Rivera may not be back inCarolina next season.
JF: So many talented players, so few wins.
29 SK:So close, but yet so far. I still believe they are better than theirrecord indicates.
JF: Had Tampa Bay beat, but they let them off the hook.
30 SK:Maybe they shouldn't have mortgaged the future on CarsonPalmer.
JF: Proved they're a different team when Henne is under center.
31 SK:Better team with Henne. Gabbert could be searching for a new job inthe offseason.
JF: Not good when you get passed up by Jacksonville in the Power Rankings.
32 SK:There isn't one good thing you can say about the current state of theChiefs right now.
JF: A pair field goals last week was enough to send K.C. to the cellar.

Bears sign veteran wide receiver Victor Cruz to one-year deal

Bears sign veteran wide receiver Victor Cruz to one-year deal

The Bears added some veteran depth to their wide receiver corps on Thursday.

Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz announced on Instagram that he's signing with the Bears.

The Giants will forever be family. But for now, Bear down!!! 🐻⬇️

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Cruz visited Halas Hall early last week and announced on his radio show earlier Thursday that he had narrowed down his choices to the Bears and Baltimore Ravens.

Cruz, 30, missed the entire 2015 season with a calf injury, but bounced back to play in 15 games with the Giants in 2016. He had 39 receptions for 586 yards and a touchdown.

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Cruz has appeared in 67 career NFL games and has accumulated 303 receptions for 4,549 yards and 25 touchdowns. Cruz earned Pro Bowl honors in 2012 and second-Team All-Pro honors in 2011.

Cruz helped the Giants capture the Lombardi Trophy over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. During the 2011 playoffs, he had 21 receptions for 269 yards and a touchdown.

Cruz joins a crowded wide receiver group which includes Cameron Meredith, Kevin White, Markus Wheaton, Kendall Wright, Josh Bellamy, Deonte Thompson, Daniel Braverman, Titus Davis, Tanner Gentry and his former Giants teammate Rueben Randle.

Swanigan's, Diallo's decisions and how it affects Bulls' NBA Draft

Swanigan's, Diallo's decisions and how it affects Bulls' NBA Draft

The deadline for underclassmen to pull their names out of the NBA Draft passed on Wednesday at midnight.

There were a few surprises, and a handful of decisions had an effect on how the Bulls will go about next month's draft.

Staying in the draft

Caleb Swangian, PF, Purdue: The sophomore All-American surprised many by keeping his name in the draft. Swanigan actually tested the waters after his freshman season but returned to the Boilermakers in 2016. He averaged 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 35 games, earning Big Ten Player of the Year honors and was a National Player of the Year candidate. It's no secret the 6-foot-9 Swangian can score  - he had 15 games of 20 or more points - and showed some ability to shoot from deep, making nearly 45 percent of his 85 3-point attempts. Quickness and conditioning will be the real test for the 245-pound Swanigan, who has already lost significant weight since high school. Questions about his defense (he had just 27 steals and 36 blocks in two seasons) also stand out. With Nikola Mirotic's future in Chicago unknown, the Bulls could be in the market for depth at power forward. He wouldn't be an option for the Bulls at No. 14, but if he slides out of the first round he could be an option at No. 38.

D.J. Wilson, PF, Michigan: After averaging just 6.1 minutes as a sophomore, Wilson burst onto the scene as a junior, averaging 11.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in 30.4 minutes for the Wolverines. He did his best work during the postseason; during Michigan's Big Ten Championship run and Sweet 16 appearance, Wilson averaged 15.6 points on 54 percent shooting, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. Standing 6-foot-10 with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Wilson leaves some to be desired on the defensive end but has the ability to play as a combo forward - he had a 3-inch growth spurt after high school. Like Swanigan, Wilson won't be an option for the Bulls at No. 14 but could be a second-round option. He'd give the Bulls a similar look to what Bobby Portis does with a little more versatility on the wing.

Going back to college

Hamidou Diallo, SG, Kentucky: The NBA Draft's biggest mystery could have been a home-run selection for the Bulls in the first round. Alas, Diallo has decided to play a year under John Calipari at Kentucky and likely boost his draft stock. Having not played since December, where he played at a prep academy in Connecticut, so there wasn't much film of the 6-foot-5 leaper. Still, after Thon Maker went No. 10 to the Bucks last year there was thought that a team would take a gamble on a high-upside mystery.

Andrew Jones, PG, Texas: There was little surprise that Jones, a five-star recruit who put together a solid freshman season, returned. He's still a bit raw as a prospect despite having elite size (6-foot-4) and solid athleticism, and another year running the point with incoming five-star recruit Mo Bomba could really improve his draft stock. The Bulls clearly have a need at the point (less if Rajon Rondo returns) and if Jones had made the leap he likely would have been around at No. 38. Even still, Jones is a player to keep an eye on during next year's draft, assuming Cameron Payne and Jerian Grant don't make significant improvements.

Moritz Wagner, PF, Michigan: There's a need on every NBA team for a stretch forward with 3-point potential. But those teams will have to wait at least another year after Wagner decided to return to Michigan for his junior season. Like Wilson, who kept his name in the draft, Wagner had an excellent postseason run for the Wolverines. That stretch included a 17-point effort against Minnesota and a career-high 26-point outing in a win over Louisville. He weighed in at just 231 pounds and only averaged 4.2 rebounds per game, so adding some strength to his game will help his draft prospect for next year. He could have been an option for the Bulls at No. 38.