The Chicago Bears are still rocking that first place feeling at 6-3, and after their big win against the Detroit Lions on Sunday they’re starting to gain a little national love. We’ll find out more about this team on Sunday Night against the 5-3-1 Minnesota Vikings, but a win that evening will put the entire league on notice.
Let’s see where the power rankers have the Bears this week starting with the Mothership, SB Nation.
They already had them in the top 10, but they moved Chicago up one spot to 7th overall.
The Bears beat the Lions for just the second time in their last 11 meetings and Chicago pretty much killed off any lasting hopes of Detroit making the playoffs. It’s not just the Bears’ defense winning them games, Chicago’s offense is averaging the fifth most points per game (29.9).
ESPN has the Bears up three places to number seven.
Defining stat: 24. The Bears have forced 24 turnovers. Chicago’s defense, which had three takeaways in its 34-22 victory over Detroit, is an opportunistic bunch with playmakers at every level. Entering Week 10, the Bears led the NFL with 82 points off turnovers.
CBS Sports featured the Bears in their power ranking write up this week; Could the Bears actually be this year’s version of the 2017 Rams? They moved the Bears up two spots to eight overall.
Mitch Trubisky and the offense are improving each week. They face a stiff challenge against that Minnesota defense this week.
Yahoo Sports has it like this.
8. Chicago Bears (6-3, LW: 10)
The Bears allow the lowest passer rating in the NFL, at 79.8. Mitchell Trubisky has a 101.6 passer rating, and the Bears offense ranks ninth in that category. Passing efficiently and keeping the opponent from doing so is a good way to build a first-place team.
NFL.com has the Bears holding steady at 9th overall.
Nobody wants to give the Bears any respect, citing their schedule. But for two straight weeks, Chicago has essentially dominated the game, even if the win over the Lions on Sunday wasn’t as raucous as the shellacking of the Bills in Week 9. Mitch Trubisky was more bus driver than passenger this week, enjoying the fruits of wiiiiiiiiiiide open receivers and sending them the football. The defense continues its impressive 2018 campaign, allowing two touchdowns late when the day was pretty much decided. The only point of contention here is the same query this space has posed multiple times: What’s wrong with Jordan Howard? Methinks the Bears will need him in December. The offensive line could do its part, too, while we’re complaining. Next up: Vikings. Yeesh, that’s a huge game. I mean, if you’re into such things.
Here’s how the Sporting News has it.
10. Chicago Bears 6-3 (last week: 10)
The Bears excel at beating up on bad teams, which is important on the road to become a good playoff team. The surprise NFC North leaders have a shot to go totally legit vs. Minnesota on Sunday night.
The Washington Post has the Bears in the top 10 too.
8. Chicago Bears (6-3) | Last Week’s Rank: 10
The Bears are for real. Khalil Mack celebrated his return to the defensive lineup Sunday with a two-sack performance in the win over the Lions, and second-year QB Mitchell Trubisky continued his rapid development with another good outing. The Bears aren’t on the level of the Saints or the Rams, but they are a viable playoff team.
How do you guys have the Bears this week?