How will writers crack on Jay Cutler this week after he went 24-36, for 262 yards, with 2 TDs, and no turnovers, not to mention, his 5th game with a QB rating over 90?
Oh, I'm sure someone will find a way...
Just as Chicago's offense find its way, the defense starts struggling. Injuries and age are a big reason, and no unit's been hit harder than the defensive line. Last week against the Giants, the Bears turned to Corey Wootton for pressure from the middle, and it worked. He recorded seven total pressures on Eli Manning.
The Denver Broncos SBN Site, Mile High Report, actually moved the Bears up two, to 12. Their Power Ranking writer was out of town all weekend, so he wasn't able to get his usual analysis up on each team. I'll just have to channel my inner Bronco fan and give it a try...
Jay "Pouty McDeebag" Cutler lucked out another close win against the worst team in the NFL. I don't know how he only managed to put up those pedestrian numbers against a team as bad as New York. If he was the savior franchise QB he claims to be, he would have dropped 400 yards on them. I'm so glad he cried his way out of Denver because he's a big mean jerkface.
How'd I do?
Over at Behind the Steel Curtain, they have Chicago at 11.
Beating the Giants isn't the shot in the arm it would've been last year, but the Bears big, physical wideout duo of Marshall and Jeffrey will take them places beyond a shrugging victory over the well-tanned hide of the Giants.
The Bears are at nine, up one, according to Revenge Of The Birds.
Jay Cutler couldn't ask for a better one two punch than Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. The NFC North is a stout contender, and provided Jay Cutler can stay focused, the Bears will continue to climb.
It's weird that Chicago is lauded for their wide receivers right?
The Giants SBN site, Big Blue View, sees it like this.
10. Chicago Bears (4-2): Chicago looked to regain its confidence in their win over the Giants.(LW: 11)
Miami's The Phinsider is keeping the Bears at 10.
Nothing like facing the Giants to get your season headed in the right direction.
Over at Bleeding Green Nation, they move Chicago up one spot to seven.
Chicago's offense is playing well but the defense isn't as great. Chi-town didn't necessarily look impressive in their victory over the Giants. That's probably because it was just another lackluster Thursday Night Football game.
Ah yes, the TNF reasoning. Can I just say that I really dislike the idea of Thursday Night Football.
The Bears bounce back from a two-game losing streak with a win against the hapless Giants and stay atop the NFCN standings. With Cutler and Marshall clicking, and the defense collecting turnovers like it's 2012, the Bears are in a good place once again.
Yahoo Sports and their Shutdown Corner has Chicago dropping one spot, down to 11.
I hadn't dinged them too much for some unimpressive wins. But they looked pretty bad slopping around with the miserable Giants at home last week.
Pete Pricso of CBS Sports has the Bears up three to number ten.
They impressed against the Giants last Thursday, but who doesn't? The defense has taken a lot of injury hits, which has to be a concern.
Keeping the Bears at 10 is everybody's favorite, ESPN.
Jay Cutler has thrown for 602 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in his past two games. Brandon Marshall? He caught nine of 10 targets for 87 yards and two touchdowns on Thursday.
So far I'm a bit disappointed that no one is taking unnecessary shots at Jay.
The USA Today has Chicago up one to ten.
Giants RB Brandon Jacobs showed that Bears depleted D-line could be long-term problem.
How badly do the Bears need Stephen Paea back at defensive tackle? I thought he was playing some good football, and the Bears could really use an actual DT to play some DT.
Brian Billick of FOX Sports is keeping the Bears at 11.
Martellus Bennett has quietly been one of the best pickups of the offseason. His 31 receptions in the six games this season are already two more than all of the Bears tight ends last season.
No one tell Coach Billick that the Bears only had 25 receptions from the TE position last year. Kellen Davis had 19, and Matt Spaeth had 6. Evan Rodriguez, who had 4, was a fullback for the Bears in 2012.
The Bears are moving up from 12, to number nine according to Fanspeak.
Good Thursday night win for the Bears. This NFC North race is going to be a fun one to watch! This week they face the Redskins. You know their offense can put up points on the Redskins, but can their defense stop what seems to be a more mobile RG3? That should be the deciding factor Sunday.
Saw that Vince Young tweeted he's ready to get a call from the Texans. Maybe Chicago should see if VY -- who looks to have some extra heft in his picture -- wants to come play defensive tackle, where the Bears have been decimated unlike any other team.
Last Thursday night, Chicago's defense made ninth-year veteran Brandon Jacobs look like BJ2K. Julius Peppers pitched a shutout -- i.e., he made zero tackles -- partially because he's getting double teamed all the time. This squad deserves to be 4-2, no doubt, but even the most ardent Bears backer will tell you the defense has its work cut out for it. Can't rely on pick-sixes and defensive scores every week.
Can I just say that I'm a little surprised that no one found a way to sneak in a jab at Jay Cutler this week...
What are your thoughts about the Power Rankings this week?
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