The Chicago Bears won their third consecutive game that came down to the final seconds, but this victory made waves nationally because head coach Matt Nagy decided to change quarterbacks.
Mitchell Trubisky wasn’t playing horribly, in fact, you could argue that he was playing about the same as he has all year long, but with the Bears down big again and after a brutal decision that led to an interception, Nagy brought in Nick Foles.
The rest is history as Foles entered and helped the Bears come all the way back with three fourth quarter touchdown passes. But it wasn’t just the comeback that resonated with the national media, it was the way in which Foles did it.
He commanded the offense from the first play.
He moved guys around, he changed protections, he took more chances, he adlibbed, and he pushed the ball down the field more than we’ve seen all year.
But let’s see what the power rankers think about the Bears now that Foles is the QB1.
NFL.com has the Bears up three spots to 16 overall.
You do this job long enough, you eventually see it all. On Monday, Matt Nagy announced that Nick Foles had overtaken Mitchell Trubisky as the starting quarterback of the Bears. These types of things happen all the time in the NFL ... but usually it’s not a 3-0 team making the QB change. Foles made the decision a no-brainer by leading Chicago to a spirited comeback win over the tragic Falcons on Sunday. I know we’ve grown accustomed to this routine, but Foles’ ability to jump into any game or season scenario and light it up makes him the greatest backup quarterback in NFL history. Foles as a week-to-week starting quarterback is more of a hit-or-miss proposition, but Trubisky’s limitations make it a gamble worth taking for Chicago.
ESPN also moved the Bears up three, from 17 to 14, and they also spotlighted a preseason prediction gone wrong.
What we got wrong: The Bears would be somewhat patient with Mitchell Trubisky.
Many assumed — incorrectly — that Bears coach Matt Nagy would provide Trubisky with a longer-than-expected leash after Trubisky outplayed veteran Nick Foles in training camp. Nope. Nagy benched Trubisky after just 10-plus inconsistent quarters. The job now belongs to Foles, who tossed three touchdown passes and led Chicago to a comeback victory over Atlanta in relief of Trubisky last Sunday. Trubisky might play again this season if Foles is injured or struggles, but the 26-year old quarterback’s future in Chicago beyond 2020 is incredibly bleak. — Jeff Dickerson
Bleacher Report has the Bears at 14 overall, but one of their voters has them in the top 10.
Last Week: 18
Week 3 Result: Won at Atlanta 30-26
There is no doubt the Chicago Bears are the most surprising 3-0 team in the NFL.
For much of Sunday afternoon, it looked like the Bears were going to be exposed as paper tigers. Playing a winless Falcons team fresh off a historic collapse against the Dallas Cowboys, the Bears trailed 26-10 and made a change under center, subbing out Mitchell Trubisky in favor of Nick Foles.
All Foles did was complete 16 of 29 passes for 188 yards and three scores, leading the Bears all the way back for a win.
Given that Week 3 success, it appears the Bears are Team Foles now.
However, despite Chicago’s hot start and comeback win, one analyst doesn’t think long-term success is coming for the Bears no matter who is under center.
“The Bears could easily be 0-3,” Gagnon said. “They get credit for finding ways to win every week, but their opponents have not been strong, and that model isn’t sustainable. Chicago is a pretender.”
Pro Football Network has it like this.
16) Chicago Bears (3-0)
Mitch Trubisky was benched in favor of Nick Foles, something that shouldn’t come as a big surprise even though the Bears were undefeated coming into Atlanta. Many want to talk about the Falcons blowing leads but give Chicago credit for storming back yet again this year. Allen Robinson was an unstoppable force on Sunday. And now they are 3-0.
Yahoo Sports has the Bears holding steady.
15. Chicago Bears (3-0, LW: 15)
The Bears have two crazy comeback wins and beat a bad Giants team 17-13 when they got a stop at their own 10-yard line as time expired. The Bears have replaced quarterback Mitchell Trubisky — which Matt Nagy seemed beyond ready to do, considering he yanked Trubisky after one pick on Sunday — and will go with Nick Foles in Week 4 and probably beyond. It’s better to be figuring out things at 3-0, but Chicago is not some undefeated powerhouse. They could easily be 0-3 right now.
Pro Football Talk has it like this.
12. Bears (No. 16; 3-0): Matt Nagy’s gut feeling has become a calculated decision to ride with a former Super Bowl MVP.
Here’s how the Sporting News has it.
12. Chicago Bears 3-0 (16)
The Bears are somehow undefeated after two big fourth-quarter comebacks (Lions, Falcons) led by two different quarterbacks, which sandwiched an ugly slugfest escape. Nick Foles is a good bet to stay the QB going forward, but they will need a lot more consistency from their running game and defense to build on their shockingly hot start, albeit against lesser opponents.
Athlon Sports has the Bears cracking into their top 10.
10. Chicago Bears
Last week: 15
The Bears are 3-0 thanks to two incredible fourth-quarter comebacks behind two different quarterbacks. What a wild ride it’s been but now comes the really interesting part with this team having Nick Foles under center going forward.
CBS Sports also has the Bears at 10 after jumping them up all the way from 18 last week.
They are 3-0 and have a quarterback controversy. You almost never see that. Nick Foles was great in rallying them against Atlanta, but now he’s the starter.
What do you guys think? Are they deserving of a top 10 ranking?