Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 9 Chicago Bears
By Michael C. Wright
A weekly examination of the Bears’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 13 | Last Week: 14 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
One game in the books and the Chicago Bears earned a spot in the top 10 (No. 9) of ESPN.com’s Power Rankings by virtue of their 24-21 come-from-behind victory over the 10th-ranked Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bears sit just two spots behind the No. 7 Green Bay Packers, which fell 34-28 to the top-ranked San Francisco 49ers.
So while Chicago remains tied for the NFC North lead, with Green Bay deadlocked for last in the division, the Packers are higher in the Power Rankings. The truth, however, is ESPN’s group of panelists put the Bears about right where they need to be in the rankings.
Certainly, the Bears put together a strong performance, but it didn’t come without a few warts (slow start, lack of a strong running game, no pressure from the front four). Coming into the season, the Bears' offense had finished above the bottom 10 in total yards only once in the past 11 years. After the Week 1 victory, Chicago’s offense checks in at No. 20 (323-yard average).
So it appears the arrow is pointing up for the Bears. But undoubtedly for new coach Marc Trestman and his evolving offense, there’s still work to do.