Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman is an early coach of the year candidate, Kyle Long is now looking like a steal at 20, Matt Forte is the all purpose tailback he should be, the defense is still taking the ball away and scoring touchdowns, and Jay Cutler is cheerful and riding atop a Black Unicorn.
Life is good if you're a Bears fan.
Here's where the Bears stand in some of those all important Power Rankings.
From SB Nation, the Bears are up to number four.
"It's called the TrestCoast Offense," he said, flinging his cigarette at the assembled group of onlookers. A rejuvenated Jay Cutler aside, the Bears defense looks the same, even taking it upon themselves to score points this week. How much will they miss Henry Melton?
Please take note that "Trest Coast Offense" has been officially recognized by the Mothership. Well done WCG...
Now we'll take a trip around a few more SBN sites.
The guys at Bleeding Green Nation has the Bears at three.
Believe in the Bears. Jay Cutler has a 67.3% completion percentage and has only been sacked 3 times. Chicago has forced the most turnovers of any team with 11 and they're tied for the second best turnover differential (+6) with Seattle.
Over at The Phinsider, they have the Bears taking a leap of four, up to three.
Jay Cutler has full control of this offense and the defense is buying into Mel Tucker's system.
Here's The Mile High Report, which covers the Denver Broncos, have the Bears at #4, and they have posed an interesting question about Jay Cutler.
When did Jay Cutler grow a pair? This Bears team impressed me and they could be the Seahawks main rival for the chase to the NFC Title. The key for them will be health, which is something that always seems to ruin their season in December.
This is just my opinion, but I think Jay has always had testicular fortitude.
The Arizona Cardinals SBN site, Revenge Of The Birds, has the Bears up from nine to three.
We can no longer overlook the Bears. Marc Trestman has got Jay Cutler and the Bears offense moving the chains regularly, getting chunk yardage, and the key has been utilising Matt Forte in all facets of the offense. Impressive wins against the Steelers and the Bengals have got them the recognition they deserve, but it's time we see Cutler secure a clutch win against a team of note.
Say what, "against a team of note"? OK, maybe beating
three two playoff teams from last year isn't noteworthy. Maybe knocking off the Steelers in Pittsburgh isn't what it used to be. Maybe beating a Bengals team, that many predicted to win the AFC North, isn't a big deal. Maybe knocking off a Christian Ponder led Vikings team... OK, I'll give you that one...
We'll visit one more SBN site before we move along to other places, and the Cincy Jungle has Chicago creeping up one to number three.
They lay a butt kicking on the Steelers. The Bears keep on chugging.
Booya! ESPN has the Bears up five sports to four.
The Bears' defense has three touchdowns this year, as many as the Buccaneers, Raiders and Jaguars' offenses. Chicago's defense has scored on 1.6 percent of snaps, higher than Jacksonville's offense.
So basically if the Bears played the Jags, Adam Podlesh could punt on every 1st down, and the Bears would still win. I wonder how Maurice Jones Drew likes dem apples?
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports has the Bears up at numero tres.
It may be time to sign Jay Cutler to an extension because at this rate he may cost twice as much in February.
Fanspeak has the Bears climbing up four sports to number four.
The Bears are still undefeated too and got an impressive victory in Pittsburgh Sunday night. The offensive line is much improved and the defense is just nasty and loves getting their takeaways. The Bears look like a very complete and balanced team. Now they have a divisional game in Detroit, so it would be nice to be undefeated and 2-0 in their division to start the season.
FOX Sports also gives the Bears the top five treatment, up three, to number four.
The Bears got a win on the road against a desperate Steelers team and turned them over five times in the process. We will know even more about the Bears over the next two weeks as they travel to Detroit and then host New Orleans.
The Shutdown Corner of Yahoo Sports has the Bears just outside the top five, up one to six. What is wrong with them...
How about the three third-down plays Jay Cutler made with the game on the line at Pittsburgh? That's what a franchise quarterback looks like. He might be there, finally.
What do you think about the national recognition that Jay Cutler and the Bears are receiving?
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