Bears continue to climb up rankings after pounding Detroit

October 8th, 2008 - 10:56 am

After a 34-7 drubbing of the Detroit Lions, paired with Green Bay’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field, the Bears find themselves on top of the NFC North and have continued their ascent in the national power rankings. Most publications are starting to take notice of Kyle Orton and the offense.

ESPN
Last week: 18
This week: 10
Explanation: You can’t fight it right now: The Bears are the best team in the NFC North. Kyle Orton is no mere game manager, either. (KS)

Fox Sports
Last week: 11
This week: 10
Explanation: Don’t look now, but the Bears offense may (gulp) be catching up with their defense. Chicago has scored 24 or more in four of its five games, thanks to a steadier hand at both QB and RB. Kyle Orton seems to get better each week, while Matt Forte is a scary dual threat already who ranks fourth in the NFL in totals yards from scrimmage.

CNN/SI
Last week: 10
This week: 10
Explanation: Headlines I don’t understand: “Make Kyle Orton One of Your Fantasy Options.” I don’t know anything about Fantasy Football Land and I don’t want to know, but I assume this assumes he can figure out a way to play against the Lions every week.

CBS Sportsline
Last week: 13
This week: 12
Explanation: Has Kyle Orton arrived? If he has, then the Bears can win the division. We know they can run it.

Yahoo
Last week: 13
This week: 10
Explanation: Looking back on the Super Bowl team, does it seem strange that Tank Johnson might have been the dependable defensive tackle?

USA Today
Last week: 14
This week: 11
Explanation: Kyle Orton has been quietly effective (seven TDs, four INTs, 87.6 rating) through 3-2 start.