A weekly examination of the Bears’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 13 | Last Week: 14 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
So while Chicago remains tied for the NFC North lead, with Green Bay deadlocked for last in the division, the Packers are higher in the Power Rankings. The truth, however, is ESPN’s group of panelists put the Bears about right where they need to be in the rankings.
Certainly, the Bears put together a strong performance, but it didn’t come without a few warts (slow start, lack of a strong running game, no pressure from the front four). Coming into the season, the Bears' offense had finished above the bottom 10 in total yards only once in the past 11 years. After the Week 1 victory, Chicago’s offense checks in at No. 20 (323-yard average).
So it appears the arrow is pointing up for the Bears. But undoubtedly for new coach Marc Trestman and his evolving offense, there’s still work to do.