If a tie is like kissing your sister, then what is a moral victory like? I suppose losing a close one is better than having a fifty burger dropped on your head, but still, a loss is a loss.
The Chicago Bears hung with the defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons for a full sixty minutes, but fell 23 to 17. They had a chance to win in the waning seconds, but a difficult catch was dropped, followed by an easier catch that was dropped, followed by a sack to end the Bears’ chances.
The NFC North standing show the 0-1 Bears at the bottom of the barrel, but would their hard fought loss move the needle in the various Power Rankings?
Let’s find out.
SB Nation went with a “Full Hope” ranking this week and the Bears were 28th. That basically means that after one week of football, there isn’t much hope for our franchise in 2017. Boo...
CBS Sports has the Bears up one spot, to 29.
They competed against the Falcons and had a chance late to win it, which is a nice sign going forward. Mike Glennon did some good things, but was inconsistent. Even so, he will stay as the starter.
ESPN also moved the Bears up one place, from 29 to 28, and they gave an overreaction take as well.
Mike Glennon had a quiet three quarters before nearly capping off a comeback in Week 1 against the Falcons. Possible overreaction: The Bears' running backs stole the show on Sunday, and comeback bid or not, Mitchell Trubisky will be leading the offense sooner rather than later.
Speaking of overreactions...
Yahoo moved the Bears down (What?) from 26 to 27.
The Bears are going to be competitive most of this season. The problem is that receivers Cameron Meredith and Kevin White are already out for the season. White’s injury is especially cruel. The seventh pick of the 2015 draft will have played five games with 21 catches and no touchdowns in the three seasons since he was drafted.
The Bears dropped 2 spots (Did they not watch that moral victory?) according to NFL.com.
Chicago kept it competitive against the Falcons on Sunday. Kept it real, too, losing in the Bears-iest way possible (What is it about Bears receivers dropping touchdown passes? Remember the Titans game in 2016?) More significant than the 0-1 start was the obvious improvement in the defense, which made the defending NFC champs earn it. Also of import was the shoulder injury sustained by receiver Kevin White, who was placed on IR after fracturing his shoulder blade during the game. This after Alshon Jeffery's departure via free agency and fellow wideout Cameron Meredith's torn ACL. Ugh.
“Bears-iest?” Is that going to be a thing now?
What are your thoughts on the Power Rankings this week?