Despite having to rely on a last-second Robbie Gould field goal to beat the Panthers, the Bears remain in the top-5 of our power rankings'collection, with some insight via Aikman and DVOA.
Just win, baby. Better an ugly win then a pretty loss. A win is a win is a win. Whatever utterances you've spewed since watching the Bears eek out a victory at home against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, it remains true that the Bears may have won ugly, but at least they won. The 1-6 Panthers put up a great fight against the Bears, just like the Jaguars did against the Packers, and the Seahawks did to the Lions. But, all three NFC North teams came away from Sunday with victories, leaving the Thursday night loss by the Vikings as the only blemish for the Black and Blue division this week. What did the power ranking pundits think of the Bears and the rest of the NFC North this week. Let's take a look:
|4 (4)||3 (4)||5 (5)||4 (3)||4 (4)||3 (1)|
|Vikings (5-3)||11 (9)||13 (11)||11 (9)||13(10)||12 (10)||14 (9)|
|Packers (4-3)||7 (5)||7 (7)||6 (7)||6 (6)||6 (6)||8 (7)|
|Lions (3-4)||19 (24)||14 (21)||17 (19)||16 (24)||18 (24)||12 (14)|
The rankings reflect how well received the offense's comeback was after looking so out of sync early on, and of course, by the defense and Tim Jennings.
SB Nation was impressed by the offense's ability to come back against the Panthers:
Jay Cutler led two second-half touchdown drives and moved the team close enough to kick the game winner to hold off a Carolina upset at Soldier Field.
And ProFootballTalk named Jay Cutler the Bears' MVP for the first half of the season (with Superfans shoutout!):
You probably noticed the last column, "Aikman," which is the Aikman Efficiency Rating System. The system, according to this New York Times article, measures:
The Aikman statistics are yards per rush and yards per pass; third-down conversions; total first downs; adjusted points (total scoring minus points from returns and safeties); red-zone performance; and turnovers. They are, in essence, flip-flopped to generate the defensive A.E.R.'s.