Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Power Rankings: Where's the Bears love?
By Michael Wright
Jay Cutler and the Bears can take a big leap in the Power Rankings with a win Monday.
Deservedly, the Bears made the most significant climb of the week in Tuesday's installment of ESPN.com's Power Rankings.
But it's debatable whether the jump was sufficient, given what the Bears accomplished in overcoming early adversity on the road against what was supposed to be a tough opponent. Not to mention the fact the Bears are one of just three undefeated teams (Tampa Bay and Kansas City) not ranked in the top 10.
Just last week, the Bears -- despite a victory over the Detroit Lions -- slipped down a spot to No. 22. Interestingly, this week, the Eagles defeated those same Lions and moved up two spots.
Where's the love?
Six teams (Colts, Jets, Ravens, Patriots, Falcons and Bengals) with losses on the dossier sit above the Bears, including one squad -- the Ravens -- that averages 10 points per game.
As for the rest of the NFC North, the Packers stayed undefeated and maintained the No. 2 spot after blowing out the hapless Buffalo Bills 34-7 to set up a potential classic matchup this week on Monday Night Football with the Bears.
Minnesota, meanwhile, saw the most significant fall in the rankings. The Vikings dropped 12 spots to No. 18 as Brett Favre and company continue to struggle through the club's lack of legitimate receiving threats. Sidney Rice's absence continues to wreak havoc on the club's passing game, and it appears the winless Vikings are on the verge of overdoing things with running back Adrian Peterson, who carried 28 times Sunday against the Dolphins.
Finally, the Lions remained at No. 29 after giving the Eagles all they could handle in a 35-32 loss. Perhaps the Lions deserved to move up after two close losses to teams ranked in the top 16?
Either way, the Detroit Lions are no longer the Detroit Lions, if you know what I mean.