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NFL Power Rankings: Chicago Bears Edition

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While Chicken Little hasn't taken center stage yet, he's certainly en route to the building.  

Let's see where various websites have the Bears ranked after starting the season 2-3.

Site

This Week

Last Week

Commentary

ESPN

18

18

The false starts and missed blocks are getting Jay Cutler destroyed. (Clayton)

NFL.com

18

13

I started to write this blurb about the Bears, and then my hand jumped offsides. The offensive line was terrible Monday night in Detroit. But at least the safeties made up for it by taking bad angles. It would have been nice to see more draws and screens -- anything to slow down that pass rush of the Lions. The only things keeping the Bears over the Bengals in these rankings is Jay Cutler, and the fact that Chicago's three losses came against the SaintsPackers, and Lions, who are a combined 13-2.

National Football Post

19

15

The Bears have serious issues along the O-Line and the big plays are missing from Lovie Smith's defense.

Sporting News

18

18

Look, we know Mike Martz loves to call a pass-happy game, but the production doesn't add up with the volume, so he must keep pounding away with Matt Forte.

CBS Sports

19

18

They have a defense that is a sieve and an offensive line that can't protect Jay Cutler. Hard to believe this was a division champ in 2010.

SB Nation

19

17

It's hard to take this team seriously with that offensive line. Miserable protection and a bad game plan with no help protecting Cutler on Monday night.

Fox Sports

17

15

The Bears played well in Monday night's loss to the Lions, and RB Matt Forte putting up 116 yards over 22 carries is very much worth noting. The Lions have a fearsome front seven, and it bodes well for the Bears, who should continue to utilize their best player in Forte. Not sure why he hasn't been given the long-term contract he deserves.

ProFootballWeekly

20

17

Starting to seem like the forgotten team in the NFC North.

ProFootballTalk

17

13

Lovie Smith's seat gradually is getting warmer.

 

If, and this is a BIG if, the Bears can win the next two games (versus Minnesota and Tampa Bay), they will enter the Bye week at 4-3, with a little bit of momentum.  And that Bye won't come soon enough for this club, as they need some serious regrouping at this point.