Every week we check out various power rankings around the interwebs to see how the Chicago Bears are looked at from a national perspective. While the team did pick up a very impressive win on the road Sunday, they’re still 2-4. I would expect an wee uptick from the power rankers this week.
SB Nation is doing things differently this year on their weekly lists, and instead of trying to explain what they are doing, I’ll just quote them.
These aren’t your average power rankings and are instead an attempt to measure the current state of mind — or “hope” — for each team and fan base.
The NFL can be an emotional roller coaster, and one big week can shoot a team’s spirits through the roof and tank another’s hopes of finishing with the Lombardi Trophy in February or beyond. Teams near the top are feeling great after Sunday, while those at the bottom aren’t feeling too optimistic.
They have the Bears holding steady at 25th, three spots in front of the Green Bay Packers, who dropped way down from fourth place. I wonder why...
Our friends over at Bleeding Green Nation has it like this.
Oh they got jokes too? Don’t worry, the extension isn’t with the coach, it’s with the television network.
It’s just not the same over at Mile High Report since they aren’t shoehorning a Jay Cutler critique into every single Bears mention. But Chicago does still have ex-Broncos head coach John Fox to take shots at!
Here’s how MHR had it this week.
29. Chicago Bears
Last Week: 30 (+1)
They eked out another close win, but I’m not sure I’m sold. Head Coach John Fox’s seat is surely cooling off a bit with back to back wins, but I still think this team is going nowhere with him at its head. Teams succeed in spite of John Fox, not because of him.
Um... I don’t have the heart to tell them. After all, they worked so hard to make sure they got a jab at Fox there.
NFL.com has the Bears up four, to 21st.
Kudos to the Bears, for the important win on the road and for having the guts to bench the big contract and play the kid. Those two thoughts tie together, as getting a road win against a quality defense early in a quarterback's career is, simply put, career building. Yes, even if he wasn't a overpowering factor in the win. Mitch Trubisky only attempted 16 passes, completing half of them. It was a "game manager" quarterback job if there ever was one. Yet, the young man didn't throw any catastrophic picks, while Chicago's run game and secondary won the day.
Jordan Howard put up 167 yards on 36 carries. Adrian Amos took back an interception 90 yards to halt a Ravens scoring opportunity while creating a score of his own (and putting the Bears up 24-13). Next up: Panthers, at Soldier Field.
Chicago is up t2o, to 28 according to ESPN.
Mitchell Trubisky just got his first NFL win, but he might not get many more in upcoming weeks. The Panthers, Saints, Packers, Lions and Eagles make up the next five opponents for the Bears. All are currently .500 or better.
Can someone let ESPN know that the Packers may not be the same old Packers.
Yahoo’s Shutdown Corner has the Bears like this.
28. Chicago Bears (2-4, LW: 29)
Mitch Trubisky’s development will be the story of the season, obviously. He hasn’t been very consistent, and didn’t play well Sunday, but then he makes a few big plays and reminds you why he’s on the field. His completion to Kendall Wright on third down in overtime set up the game-winning field goal, and was a play you want to see from a top-end quarterback. Now, he needs to do that consistently.
I DEMAND CONSISTENCY FROM THE ROOKIE WITH 2 STARTS!
The Washington Post is moving the Bears up too.
22. Chicago Bears (2-4) | Last Week’s Rank: 29
The Bears got their first win with Mitchell Trubisky at QB in his second NFL start. They did it by not relying on him too heavily to be the focal point of the offense. That’s always a useful approach while a rookie QB learns on the job. But it won’t be possible every week for these Bears.
The USA Today dropped the Bears 2, to 27th.
Despite getting limited offensive contributions, this defense has shone, holding last four opponents to 300 yards or fewer.