A weekly examination of the Bears’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 13 | Last Week: 9 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
No change for the Chicago Bears in this week’s edition of ESPN.com’s Power Rankings, despite the club putting together its second consecutive come-from-behind victory, this time over the 23rd-ranked Minnesota Vikings.
The Bears rank No. 9, three spots behind the No. 6 Green Bay Packers, which defeated the No. 24 Washington Redskins 38-20. It’s interesting how Green Bay's win over a struggling Redskins team moved them up a spot, while the Bears stood pat after a victory over a higher-ranked Vikings team.
But four of ESPN.com’s panelists voted for the Bears to move up, while two actually wanted to move the Bears back a slot or two. The Bears received one sixth-place vote, one seventh, and two No. 8s, but remained at No. 9 because of one 10th-place vote and one 11th.
It’s too early to say whether the Bears should be ranked higher than No. 9. From my vantage point, this spot seems about fair (although they should be higher).
Chicago owns sole possession of first place in the NFC North, yet ranks below the Packers in the Power Rankings. But it’s important to consider Green Bay dropped its Week 1 matchup to the No. 3 San Francisco 49ers.