Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Chicago Bears Week 5 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Chicago Bears rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 16.6 (T-15th)
  • Best ranking: 14th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 22nd (

Below you will find a Week 5 roundup for the Bears in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 14

Their game against the Colts likely caused many around the country to fall into a deep slumber on living room couches. The Bears lost 19-11 and fell to 3-1 on the season, but I didn't think that was a panic-worthy performance. It looked very much like an offense where the quarterback (Nick Foles) and receivers hadn't had a lot of reps together. The timing was off on multiple occasions in key spots, and the Bears were just 4-for-14 on third down. Matt Nagy could have done a better job too. Puzzling decision to hand the ball to Cordarrelle Patterson on third-and-1 at the start of the fourth quarter. He was stopped for a loss, and the Bears had to punt. The defense lost some contested catch opportunities but was otherwise solid. The Bears' schedule is about to get tough, starting with a Thursday night game against the Bucs.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 14

So much for the idea Nick Foles would liven up the offense. Maybe he should just come off the bench after one play each week.

USA Today -- Rank: 18

With so much focus on their quarterbacks, you might've lost sight of fact that not one Chicago player has run a ball into the end zone in 2020.

ESPN -- Rank: 15

FPI chance to make playoffs: 40.0%

The Bears are the softest 3-1 team in the NFL. It took a pair of improbable comebacks for Chicago to beat doormats Detroit and Atlanta, and the Bears nearly blew a 17-point lead versus the Giants, so this is too high. Sunday's ugly 19-11 loss to the Colts confirmed that the Bears are not ready for prime time. Maybe -- by virtue of getting off to such a good start -- the Bears manage to sneak into the playoffs, but those odds are no higher than 25%. -- Jeff Dickerson -- Rank: 22

Nick Foles might not be the savior after all. Making his first start for the Bears after the prior Sunday's impressive relief performance, Foles looked less like the Eagles' Super Bowl hero and more like the guy who stumbled through a lost season with the Jaguars. Foles inspired little confidence leading a bland Bears attack that managed just 269 total yards against a Colts defense that has been the league's stingiest this season. A late touchdown pass to Allen Robinson (the lone bright spot) put some lipstick on the pig, but the Bears delivered a performance that validated every critic who didn't take the team's 3-0 start seriously. More trouble looms for the offense with the surging Bucs up next on Thursday night.

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