Every week we'll peek in around the interwebs to see where the Chicago Bears are ranked in the eyes of the various Power Rankers out there.
So the Chicago Bears may not suck as bad as some thought. Some "fans" are no doubt pissed that the Bears are screwing up their draft positioning, but that's football. The "firesale" appears to be over and unless someone offers up a great deal, I can't see anyone else being moved before the trade deadline. Then again, a lot could hinge on the game this week. If the Bears lose to the hapless Lions and drop to 2-4, maybe GM Ryan Pace is more willing to shop another veteran or two, but a win to move to 3-3 and what do you know, but the Bears are in the wildcard hunt!
But on to the Power Rankings.
First up, as usual, SB Nation has the Bears all the way to 19. (Yes, the Teens!)
Remember when the Bears were sure shots for the No. 1 pick, ditching players in a fire sale and tanking on the season? Well, that talk has died down for a bit, and after winning their second straight game, they continue to move up in our rankings. Jay Cutler might have some fans in Chicago before it's all said and done.
Here's something that the national media needs to understand, there will be no changing some fans' minds. At this point you either like Cutler, you hate Cutler, or you accept him for what he is and just cheer on the team regardless.
Arizona's SB Nation site, Revenge Of The Birds, has the Bears at 15. Yes, you read that correctly, FIFTEEN.
Philly's Bleeding Green Nation ranks Chicago like this,
24) Chicago Bears (LW: 30) - Kudos to Jay Cutler and the Bears for beating the Chiefs in Kansas City. Certainly didn't see that coming. Maybe this team isn't so awful after all.
Over at NFL.com, they moved the Bears up 7 spots to 24.
If you're gonna beat up Jay Cutler when he doesn't play well, you gotta give it up when he leads his team back from the dead. The win in Kansas City gave the Bears two straight victories. It also gave Chicago a second straight week of heart-attack fanfare -- especially with the drop-the-football-pick-it-up-and-wing-it-to-my-running-back-in-the-end-zone-with-18-seconds-left play to steal a win. And let me tell you, that was stealing a win in Arrowhead on Sunday. How about Cameron Meredith, an undrafted rookie from Illinois State, catching three balls on the final two scoring drives, all of them for first downs? #scouting
Did they just give props to the Bears' scouting staff? When's the last time any national media members did that?
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports moved the Bears to 21.
Two gutsy last-minute wins with Jay Cutler playing a key role in the end. John Fox's impact is already being felt in Chicago. Last Week: 27
Fanspeak has the Bears at 25.
The Bears picked up their 2nd win with a last second come back victory over the Chiefs. While Chicago is still in rebuilding mode overall, they are looking better with the return of Jay Cutler, and could see Alshon Jeffery this week as well.
Do you guys think Jeffery will be back this week?
ESPN has the Bears up 5 spots to 24th.
Game-winning scores in the final 30 seconds of regulation in back-to-back to weeks for the Bears. Jay Cutler had four such victories in his first six seasons with the Bears.
Chicago is up 7 spots and also 24th according to the USA Today.
Jay Cutler is suddenly looking like a successful reclamation project. #StopUsIfYouveHeardThatOneBefore
A reclamation project?
FOX Sports has the Bears in 26th.
Jay Cutler is the best option for this Bears offense, and he proved that in Week 4. The Bears are playing beyond their talent level on the defensive end, but their improvements will be difficult to sustain based on their lack of depth on defense.
Their depth on offense could helped if some of their injured wide outs get healthy and if their rookie center steps up his game.
Yahoo Sports moved the Bears up from 31 to 26.
Give the Bears credit. Arrowhead Stadium isn't an easy place to play. They could have folded the tent long ago but haven't. I don't see a playoff berth in their future or anything, but it's a positive to see them playing better now.
If the Bears somehow find a way to pull out a W in Detroit, we may have to start looking at NFC playoff scenarios.