Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Power Rankings: Bears take a plunge
By Michael C. Wright
Despite the Bears' 31-26 win last year, the Eagles are ranked higher than Chicago.
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- So, let's get this right here: The Chicago Bears dropped seven spots from ESPN's final regular-season Power Rankings to No. 13 in the most recent rankings released on Tuesday.
Boy, these teams making huge jumps from last season's rankings must be putting together some awesome training-camp practices.
Seriously, though, the latest rankings definitely serve as banter for great debate. But other than that, they're absolutely meaningless until these teams actually start playing real games.
What we found striking is that five teams ranked ahead of the Bears finished the 2010 regular season with worse win-loss records. The Super Bowl champion Packers are certainly worthy of their perch atop the rankings, and the Giants deserve to be ahead of the Bears based on last year's Massacre at New Meadowlands.
But the 10th-ranked Chargers finished last season at 9-7. The No. 8 Colts finished 10-6, and enter the season with question marks concerning the health of quarterback Peyton Manning. The Bears defeated the No. 3 -- "all-hype team" -- Eagles in 2010, and the last memory we have of the No. 4 Saints is Marshawn Lynch's beast-mode touchdown run in their shocking upset loss to Seattle in the playoffs.
NFC North foe Detroit -- with injury-prone quarterback Matthew Stafford at the helm, and serious training-camp injuries to both Nick Fairley and Mikel Leshoure -- somehow climbed six spots in the most recent power rankings from No. 24 to No. 18.
The Cardinals, meanwhile, just lost defensive leader Adrian Wilson indefinitely with a torn biceps tendon, but still moved up seven spots from 28th to 21st. Let's just call that the "Kevin Kolb effect."
What does this all mean for Bears fans? Absolutely nothing.
So let’s not start playing the no-respect card until the games actually count.