Thursday, September 21, 2023

Chicago Bears Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 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 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 30

Player: CB Jaylon Johnson
Current contract situation: Under contract through the 2023 season

Bears general manager Ryan Poles expressed a desire to keep the 2020 second-round pick "long term," and it's evident for a defense predicated on takeaways that Chicago's brass wants to see the cornerback increase the number of interceptions and turnovers he generates before agreeing to an extension. Johnson has one career interception, which propelled him this offseason to focus his efforts on different ways to create more takeaways so he can show his impact beyond being a physical lockdown outside cornerback. -- Courtney Cronin -- Rank: 29

That's now 12 straight losses for the Bears, if you're scoring at home, and 16 losses in their 19 games with Matt Eberflus and Justin Fields together. The coach and quarterback are certainly not the only issues with this team -- anyone being honest should realize this. The Bears expected to be better this season, but there's no clear evidence of that yet. They've allowed the second-most points and are near the bottom of the passing-efficiency metrics (6.5 yards per attempt, three INTs, sack rate of 13.2%). It's Year 2 for Eberflus and Year 3 for Fields. They can turn things around. But will they?

CBS Sports -- Rank: 30

So much for the idea that this offense would make big strides. That pick-six thrown by Justin Fields against the Bucs was terrible.

USA Today -- Rank: 31

A team that led the league in rushing in 2022 suddenly isn't very good on the ground. Chicago's defense (1 sack, no takeaways)? Also putrid. None of that would be as worrisome if QB Justin Fields didn't look so lost.

The Athletic -- Rank: 30

If your quarterback just got outdueled by Baker Mayfield, we think it's time to start thinking about a new quarterback, but Chicago fans have been thinking about a new quarterback for a while now if they're honest. Justin Fields is averaging 5.54 rushing yards per carry after contact through two weeks. Breece Hall is the only player in the league averaging more. That's the only good news, and it's not that good.

FOX -- Rank:

I'm not convinced the Bears are going to pick first in another draft, but they have firmly earned this spot after two weeks of play. This was a team with a not-small amount of hype heading into Justin Fields' pivotal third year, and I've seen next to nothing worth being excited about.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 32

If you go by the eye test, the Bears look like the NFL's worst team. They're doing nothing at an above-average level. Justin Fields looks worse as a passer this season. The defense is awful again, probably because the Bears decided to invest their free-agency money into off-ball linebackers for some reason. Brandon Staley's seat might be the hottest, but Matt Eberflus is right there with him.

PFT -- Rank: 29

The clock is ticking on pretty much everyone except ownership and Kevin Warren.

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