Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Chicago Bears Week 16 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: 15.8 (15th)
  • Best ranking: 15th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 17th (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 16 roundup for the Bears in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 15

Wish: A real quarterback solution. Here are the quarterbacks who have started 10 or more games for the Bears since 2000: Jay Cutler, Mitchell Trubisky, Kyle Orton, Rex Grossman, Jim Miller and Chris Chandler. The Bears beat the Vikings in Week 15, the offense looked better and they're still alive for a potential postseason berth. But Trubisky is a free agent after the season and the Bears will have to figure out a path forward. Maybe it means drafting a quarterback. Maybe it means finding a low-cost veteran. Maybe this whole exercise is unrealistic and hopeless. But I guess that's what holiday wishes are for.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 15

They have found an offense with the return of Mitchell Trubisky. They are still alive at 7-7.

USA Today -- Rank: 16

WR Darnell Mooney, who established a Chicago rookie record with 46 catches, is just one reason this team is suddenly back in playoff conversation.

ESPN -- Rank: 17

Most underrated star: LB Danny Trevathan

Trevathan is often overshadowed by fellow inside linebacker Roquan Smith, but the 30-year-old veteran is having another solid season, with 100 total tackles through 14 games. Trevathan -- re-signed to a three-year contract with $13.625 million guaranteed this offseason -- suffered a gruesome elbow injury in November that landed him on injured reserve and therefore required offseason rehabilitation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because NFL teams were forced to cancel offseason programs and shorten training camps, Trevathan looked a little rusty to open the season, but he has rebounded nicely. Trevathan's experienced leadership is also a bonus for the Bears. -- Jeff Dickerson -- Rank: 16

Earlier this month, the Bears were an also-ran, a pretender that got off to a fast start before cratering when the competition improved. And sure, wins over the middling Texans and Vikings in the past two weeks don't exactly scream, "Super Bowl Shuffle reboot!" But let's give credit where it's due: This offense is suddenly fun to watch. The occasional head-scratching turnover aside, Mitch Trubisky is playing with as much confidence as we've ever seen during his time in Chicago. Then there's running back David Montgomery, who has a touchdown in four straight games and just ripped up the Vikings' defense for a career-high 146 yards and two scores. With the dreadful Jaguars on deck, Chicago should continue to light up the scoreboard and keep itself in the playoff race. Who saw that coming?

Previous update: Chicago Bears Week 15 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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