A Pair of Power Rankings: Chicago Bears are Moving on Up...

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 11: Julius Peppers #90 of the Chicago Bears holds up the ball after recovering a fumble against the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field on September 11, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Falcons 30-12. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

In all the years that I've been paying attention to Power Rankings, I don't think there's ever been a week where I wasn't entertained.  Particularly due to how much dust they tend to stir up.  This evening, we'll take a look at where ESPN and SBN have the Bears after one week of action.


1. Green Bay Packers (LW: 1): QB Aaron Rodgers looked awfully impressive against the Saints last week. It's hard to see who is going to beat the Packers considering the Saints, one of the best teams in the league, played a heck of a game, and lost.

2. Baltimore Ravens (LW: 8): The Ravens get a huge bump after what they did to the Steelers. Wow. Just wow. They thoroughly dominated a Steelers team that I considered as the fourth best team in the league last week.

3. New England Patriots (LW: 3): So...that Tom Brady guy. Not bad, huh? Only 517 yards passing in Week 1.

4. Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 5): The "Dream Team" came through in Week 1. QB Michael Vick completed less than 50 percent of his passes but that's acceptable when he nearly hits the century mark on the ground.

5. New York Jets (LW: 6): The Jets sort of had a comeback victory over the Cowboys. To end the fourth quarter they lost a fumble, punted and had a two-yard drive that resulted in the winning field goal. Hey, a win is a win.

6. New Orleans Saints (LW: 2): QB Drew Brees looked terrific but it came at the hands of the Packers, who were better last Thursday night. The Saints will be fine if they play like they did last week. Unfortunately, the Packers are on another level right now.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 4): It's hard to penalize them too much because I know they're a good team but the Ravens completely dominated them last week.

8. San Diego Chargers (LW: 9): I said there wasn't a chance the Chargers' special teams would be as bad as they were last year. I might have been wrong on that one but San Diego still comes out on top.

9. Chicago Bears (LW: 16): I was wrong on the Bears, OK?



1 (1) Packers 1-0 If you thought QB Aaron Rodgers would cool down after the Super Bowl, think again. (Walker)

2 (2) Patriots 1-0 League MVP Tom Brady couldn't have gotten off to a better start than his dissection of Miami. (Clayton)

3 (4) Eagles 1-0 There are some issues in Philly, but offensive firepower is not one of them. (Fox)

4 (8) Ravens 1-0 Baltimore let out all its playoff frustration in a 35-7 drubbing of the Steelers. (Walker)

5 (7) Jets 1-0 Mark Sanchez should send Tony Romo a thank you card for opening victory. (Clayton)

6 (5) Saints 0-1 Effort against the Packers would have been good enough against anyone else. (Sando)

7 (13) Bears 1-0 Jay Cutler quickly got over playoff controversy with 300-plus yards, two TDs and a big win over Atlanta. (Walker)

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