The Chicago Bears have won two straight games and have climbed back on top of the NFC North, but how are they views from a national perspective? No one expected the Bears to have five wins at the half way point in the season, so some could be looking at them as fool’s gold.
Let’s find out where the national power rankers view first-year, head coach Matt Nagy’s team.
SB Nation still has the Bears at 8th overall, but they weren’t very complimentary in their assessment of them.
As for the Bears, their grasp of first place in the NFC North is weak. They have the Vikings on their tails and it’s too soon to count out any team from winning that division. Except for the Lions ... maybe.
ESPN has the Bears up from 14 last week.
10. Chicago Bears (5-3)
Preseason rank: 26
The Bears have been a surprise because the defense is playing even better than expected -- and that’s with Khalil Mack having missed the past two games with an ankle injury. Also, Chicago’s offense is slowly growing under quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who has limited mistakes over the past two weeks.
The USA Today is moving the Bears up as well.
12. Bears (15): They just got flexed into “Sunday Night Football” for Week 11. Let’s hope Khalil Mack’s ankle healthy enough to allow him to play by then.
Yahoo Sports has the Bears in the top 10.
10. Chicago Bears (5-3, LW: 13)
Most coaches wouldn’t do what Matt Nagy did. While it’s possible Khalil Mack absolutely couldn’t play with an ankle injury, it sure seems like Nagy gambled they could beat the Jets and Bills without him and give him two weeks to heal. The Bears won both games. Most veteran head coaches don’t like gambling like that, much less a rookie head coach. But it was smart.
CBS Sports has the Bears up 5 spots to the top ten, at number 10.
They are atop the NFC North at the halfway point. Big props to coach Matt Nagy.
Sports Illustrated moved the Bears up one spot.
13. CHICAGO BEARS (5-3)
It’s just Buffalo, but a 41-9 win is always welcoming and encouraging. The Bears move up a spot.
Yeah, it’s just Buffalo...
The Chicago Tribune also moved Chicago up this week.
10. Bears 5-3 (14). They carry a two-game winning streak into a stretch of three straight vs. NFC North foes — the first time they’ve played three in a row in the division since 2007.
What are your thoughts on the Power Rankings this week?
We’ll have a much better idea on what this Bears team is in the next few weeks.