Saturday, January 1, 2022

Chicago Bears Week 17 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: 25.2 (25th)
  • Best ranking: 24 (
  • Worst ranking: 27 (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Bears in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 25

Non-QB MVP: DE Robert Quinn

The veteran has put together his best campaign yet. And he hasn't slowed down a bit since Khalil Mack was lost for the season. In fact, Quinn has only gotten better, with 11.5 sacks in eight games since Mack's foot injury. Quinn is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise lost season. Roquan Smith is another one, and he was the only other Bears player in serious consideration here, having filled up the stat sheet (fourth in the league with 149 tackles) this season. -- Jordan Raanan -- Rank: 24

"I'm just an ordinary guy with nothin' to lose." Trailing by a point with 61 seconds remaining after a Jimmy Graham touchdown, Bears coach Matt Nagy decided to go full Lester Burnham. The coach wanted to steal a win in snowy Seattle with a 2-point conversion, and his boldness was rewarded when Nick Foles connected with Damiere Byrd in the back of the end zone. Bears 25, Seahawks 24 -- a feel-good win for a team (and a beleaguered head man) that hasn't had a lot to feel good about.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 27

They are still playing hard late in the season, even with their third-team quarterback. But it still won't save Matt Nagy's job.

USA Today -- Rank: 25

Hard to believe OLB Robert Quinn's next sack will give him 18 and a new Chicago single-season record. Less hard to believe QB Nick Foles is winning games in December.

The Athletic -- Rank: 25

Is he The Guy? Yes. At least, Justin Fields better be. Fields has had a rough rookie season by nearly every statistical and narrative measure. Despite that, his athleticism, arm talent and ability to throw on the run should excite Bears fans about the possibilities with better protection and a new coaching staff in 2022.

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