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NFL Power Rankings Week 1: Just how bad are the Bears?

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The Chicago Bears host the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday, and I would imagine that 99% of the NFL prognosticators out there are taking the defending NFC champs. If the Bears hold their own, or somehow shock the world and pull off the upset, they’ll no doubt move up the NFL Power Rankings.

Yes, these rankings don’t mean much, but they do provide fans a good jumping off point to discuss professional football.

For me, NFL power rankings are interesting to peruse from week to week because I’m curious to see how some national pundits view the Bears. Every week we’ll take a trip around some well known publications to see just how they rank the Bears.

We’ll start off with the Mothership, SB Nation, who have the Bears at 26th.

The Ringer has the Bears at 25, and they also have a very lengthy preview about them.

Yahoo’s Shutdown Corner has the Bears 26th as well, but this was after being ranked 29th last week. How getting their asses kicked against the Browns had them move up is a mystery to me.

Here is the Bears’ rough schedule to start the season: vs. Atlanta, at Tampa Bay, vs. Pittsburgh, at Green Bay, vs. Minnesota, at Baltimore. It just seems like after that Ravens game, Week 7 at home vs. Carolina might be a good bet for Mitchell Trubisky’s first start. If it hasn’t already happened by then.

The USA Today has the Bears at 30.

Mike Glennon had a rocky start to the preseason, but John Fox appears unmoved by calls for No. 2 pick Mitchell Trubisky to start under center. More foreboding is the loss of top WR Cameron Meredith. has the Bears up four spots from their preseason rankings to 25th overall.

Mike Glennon is your Bears starter. For Week 1, anyway. Had the lanky former Buc not looked efficient against the Titans a couple weeks ago, Mitchell Trubisky would be getting the nod right out of the gate. Unfortunately, whoever's under center will definitely miss Cameron Meredith -- the Bears' best wideout is already out for the season. So why is Chicago UP in these here rankings? The vastly underrated front seven -- and because the Jags, Bills and Rams stepped in it more than they avoided it in the preseason.

CBS Sports has the Bears 30.

How long do they go with Mike Glennon and not rookie Mitch Trubisky? I bet it's not for long.

The Washington Post has Chicago at 28.

Mike Glennon or Mitchell Trubisky? It’s Glennon over Trubisky, at least for now. But is there a good option there at QB? At least the Bears can lean on RB Jordan Howard, who returns after an impressive rookie season with more than 1,300 yards rushing.

ESPN has the Bears 29th.

The Bears are the only NFL team with at least $18 million in guarantees committed to two quarterbacks, so all eyes will be on the battle between Mike Glennon and Mitchell Trubisky this preseason. It's also a big investment for a team that ranked 24th in points allowed last season, all things considered.

What do you guys think?

Agree or disagree with these rankings?