Despite the Bears’ loss to the Panthers on Sunday, they’ve remained firmly in the middle-to-top of the pack in most national power rankings. In fact, the Bears made a bigger jump between preseason rankings to Week 1 rankings, and less of a slide between Week 1 and Week 2.
Last week: 15
This week: 15
Explanation: There’s no shame in losing at Carolina on a 100-degree day. The Bears’ defense, at least, is for real. (KS)
Last week: 13
This week: 13
Explanation: A running game and defense can keep you in the game, but to win the biggest games Chicago will need a true QB who can hit a pass longer than 10-15 yards. Consider this Kyle Orton’s tryout season, and with the Bears’ solid showing thus far he deserves the chance to establish himself as the starter beyond this season. Just don’t book him for ’09 yet.
Last week: 8
This week: 11
Explanation: Kyle Orton was “careful and controlled” against the Colts. OK, things were different against Carolina. A little boldness was called for. Sorry, not today. One first down in the last six possessions. Never crossed midfield. Next case.
Last week: 8
This week: 14
Explanation: Passing-game limitations mean not enough scoring on offense. That will be a season-long problem. The margin for error is slim with their style.
Last week: 19
This week: 16
Explanation: How much better is Matt Forte than Cedric Benson?
Last week: 16
This week: 17
Explanation: Two games, no picks from Kyle Orton. No TD passes either.
- Bears free agent moves creating competition at positions of need
- Replacing Alshon Jeffery could be near-impossible task
- Bears to sign wide receiver Markus Wheaton
- Bears sign tight end Dion Sims
- Bears sign veteran safety Quintin Demps
- Where do Bears go from here at wide receiver?
- Ryan Pace and John Fox season-ending joint press conference
- Bears-Packers record headed for all-time tie on Sunday
- Vic Fangio, Bears can’t be headed toward a divorce
- 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year