Sunday, January 3, 2021

Chicago Bears Week 17 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: 14.6 (15th)
  • Best ranking: 13th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 15th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Bears in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 15

Allen Robinson, WR: This is an easy one. Robinson ranks ninth league-wide with 1,213 receiving yards, despite having to deal with inconsistent quarterback play. He's a high-volume No. 1 receiver who could put up monstrous numbers if he found the right quarterback and the right scheme. And Robinson will be just 28 at the start of next season.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 15

They need to beat the Packers this week to get into the playoffs. That won't be easy, but they are playing well.

USA Today -- Rank: 13

So if they get into the playoffs, are they going to earmark an extension or franchise tag for unsigned QB Mitch Trubisky?

ESPN -- Rank: 15

New Year's resolution: Commit to the run earlier in the season

The Bears waited too long to commit to second-year running back David Montgomery. Montgomery did not touch the football nearly enough during Chicago's six-game losing streak but has caught fire over the past month. Montgomery became the first Bears running back to score a touchdown in five consecutive games since Neal Anderson in 1991. The former third-round pick out of Iowa State has rushed for 95-plus yards in four of the past five games. There is nothing wrong with Montgomery. The Bears took a long time to realize that. -- Jeff Dickerson -- Rank: 15

Call it a Christmas miracle: The Bears control their own destiny in the NFC playoff race after a 41-17 win over the Jaguars, Chicago's third consecutive victory after a six-game losing streak that seemed to end their season. The Bears have scored 30-plus points in four consecutive games, the first time they've managed that feat since 1965. Stunning stuff, but now a dose of reality: The last three offensive explosions have come against some of the worst defenses in football. Are the Mitchell Trubisky-led Bears a playoff contender worth respecting ... or is this the 5-1 start all over again, a mirage that gives way to a cold truth when the competition improves? Speaking of improved competition, the Packers come to town this Sunday.

Previous update: Chicago Bears Week 16 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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