Saturday, September 12, 2020

Chicago Bears Week 1 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

2020 NFL Power Rankings: Chicago Bears

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: 24.2 (24th)
  • Best ranking: 21st (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 28th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 1 roundup for the Bears in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 22

If the Bears feel that Mitch Trubisky gives them the best chance to win, then their decision is fine. If they chose him as the starter because it's easier to go from Trubisky to Nick Foles than from Foles to Trubisky, then you have to wonder about their process -- especially considering that Foles has never been a great practice player. The Bears could have a top-five defense, but they need the quarterback play to be somewhere around mediocre to get back to the postseason. Right now, that seems unlikely.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 26

So Mitch Trubisky will be the starter in a make-or-break season for him, general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy. There is talent on defense, but this will be all about the offense.

USA Today -- Rank: 28

Congrats, Mitchell, the quarterback job remains yours. Now, if WR Allen Robinson is covered, whatcha gonna do?

ESPN -- Rank: 21

Can the offense function properly?

Jeff Dickerson: The Bears worked hard in the offseason to retool Matt Nagy's offense, but the same questions exist. Can Mitchell Trubisky or Nick Foles be the answer at quarterback? Will Nagy establish any sort of running game, especially after starter David Montgomery suffered a groin injury in training camp? Will the handsomely paid offensive line improve? Believe it or not, the position group that has looked the best in camp is tight end -- the group that struggled the most for Chicago last year. -- Rank: 24

People shouldn't be that surprised Mitch Trubisky won the starting QB job out of camp. Even after the Bears declined his fifth-year option, there have to be people in the building who still harbor some guarded optimism for the former second overall pick. Beyond that, Matt Nagy knows what we all do: Nick Foles is pretty much the ideal backup quarterback -- a guy you can throw into the fire at any time and know he'll be ready with the capability to thrive in the right circumstances. All that said: Expect Trubisky's leash to be incredibly short ... as in, "Matt Nagy announced Tuesday that Nick Foles will start Sunday's Week 2 game against the Giants" short.

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