Saturday, September 24, 2022

Chicago Bears Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Chicago Bears in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 28

Biggest early adjustment: Find ways to generate a passing attack

Justin Fields had 48 net passing yards against the Packers. Sure, the Bears ran the ball effectively behind David Montgomery's 15 carries for 122 yards, but Chicago's offense must generate some semblance of a passing attack to not make themselves one-dimensional and easy to defend. Through two weeks, the Bears are running just 48.5 plays per game (the second lowest in the NFL), have the highest sack rate (12.5%) and the league's lowest percentage of passing plays (32.04%). Chicago can lean predominantly on the run game with its developmental quarterback, but it can't abandon the passing game entirely the way it did against the Packers. -- Rank: 30

Justin Fields nearly made it a game with his doomed fourth-and-goal stretch on Sunday night, but when the dust settled on a 27-7 loss, it was clear the dynamic of the Packers-Bears "rivalry" remains unchanged. Chicago was outclassed, particularly on defense in the run game. The Packers piled up 203 rushing yards, with Aaron Jones averaging nearly 9.0 yards per attempt. David Montgomery delivered a stellar statistical performance of his own, but what's up with the Bears' passing game? Fields had just 11 pass attempts all night, while nominal No. 1 wideout Darnell Mooney has 4 yards through two games. This team will need more monsoons to make a playoff push.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 28

It was back to reality for the Bears in losing to the Packers. They did little on offense, which you can expect at times for this young group.

USA Today -- Rank: 29

They don't have a wide receiver or tight end with more than three catches this season. You're on your own, Justin Fields.

The Athletic -- Rank: 28

Some advanced Cole Kmetrics on the 23-year-old 2020 second-round pick:

Zero catches for zero yards and zero touchdowns with 0.0 yards per route run.

But you take that as a Bears offense as long as Darnell Mooney is getting his (two catches for four yards on the season).

The Bears rank 32nd in the league in EPA per pass play, which is disappointing in part because it was sort of the expectation heading into the season.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 29

Here's the list of Bears wide receivers who have recorded a reception this season:

Equanimeous St. Brown, three catches for 57 yards

Dante Pettis, one catch for 51 yards

Byron Pringle, one catch for 22 yards

Darnell Mooney, two catches for 4 yards

That's it. Seven catches for 134 yards over two games. One game was played in a crazy rainstorm, but it's still a troubling stat. Mooney in particular needs to get way more involved.

PFT -- Rank: 28

It wasn't as bad as the final score would suggest, but it still wasn't good.

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