Saturday, October 16, 2021

Chicago Bears Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 17.0 (T-15th)
  • Best ranking: 13th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 23rd (

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Bears in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 16

Most improved player: DE Robert Quinn

How they've improved: Quinn admittedly had a rough 2020 season, but the veteran has bounced back. Through five games, Quinn has been the Bears' most consistent pass-rusher. He has 4.5 sacks in five games this season, compared to two sacks in 15 games in 2020. Quinn's reemergence has also allowed Khalil Mack to flourish on the other side of the line. Quinn and Mack have become one of the NFC's most dominant pass-rushing duos. What a difference a year makes. -- Jeff Dickerson -- Rank: 23

The identity of the Justin Fields Bears -- in 2021, anyway -- is beginning to take shape. Run the football (a lot), ask your young QB to protect the football and make a few plays, then let the defense take it home. That was a formula for success against the Raiders in a convincing 20-9 win at Allegiant Stadium. Chicago proved it could move the ball on the ground even without David Montgomery (knee), getting a combined 139 yards on 34 rushes from Damien Williams and Khalil Herbert. Will the Bears' formula work against the NFL's elite? Imposing tests lie ahead with the Packers and Bucs up next.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 13

The Bears are 3-2. Can you believe it? The defense came up big against the Raiders to give Justin Fields a road victory.

USA Today -- Rank: 14

New Bears same as the old Bears? Despite a deeply flawed roster and offense that ranks last in the league, Chicago is in early position to snatch a second consecutive wild-card berth. Give them credit.

The Athletic -- Rank: 19

Breakout player: We tried really hard to find a player other than Justin Fields, but it's impossible. It's Fields, who truly understood the assignment of what it takes to be a breakout player. He's completed at least 60 percent of his passes in his previous two starts (and threw his first touchdown last week against the Raiders). And while the Bears' offense is still relatively conservative, Fields is the team's most exciting player and the reason we'll be watching every Sunday.

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