Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Lions win drops Bears down notch
By Jeff Dickerson
Just like here in Chicago, the Bears' Week 1 win over Detroit did little to impress the voters in the latest installment of ESPN.com's Power Rankings. Even after a victory, the Bears slipped in the polls, dropping one spot to No. 22. This lack of respect can likely be attributed to how close the game turned out to be, considering the Lions played the second half without their starting quarterback, and were one controversial Calvin Johnson call away from potentially pulling the upset.
Around the rest of the division, the Packers moved up one spot to No. 2 after their win against the Eagles. However, the loss of running back Ryan Grant for the remainder of the season certainly hurts the Packers' offense, especially when they face the Bears, considering Grant usually torches Lovie Smith's defense. Grant ran for 137 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the meeting last season at Solider Field.
Despite the offense sputtering in Saints, the Vikings only dropped one slot to No. 6. But if last Thursday night was any indication, Sidney Rice's absence at the start of the season will definitely affect Brett Favre's ability to move the ball through the air. Favre had success throwing the ball to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, but seemed out of sync with receivers Bernard Berrian and Percy Harvin.
Finally, the Lions fell one spot to No. 29. It's tough to anticipate Detroit moving up the charts with starting quarterback Matthew Stafford expected to miss time because of a separated shoulder.