Picking up back-to-back wins for the first time since 2015 has turned the Chicago Bears into a fast riser in the latest edition of NFL.com’s power rankings.
Elliot Harrison’s weekly rankings have the Bears 15th overall (!) after defeating the Carolina Panthers in Week 7. By virtue of their 14-point win, the Bears moved up six spots in the rankings on the same weekend in which the Green Bay Packers fell eight spots … all the way down to 23rd.
Yup – the Bears are considered a better team than the Packers right now – let that sink in (okay – obviously, the Packers are Aaron Rodger-less right now, but I’m still enjoying it).
And, hey, the Bears are without Mike Glennon sorta, right!?
The Philadelphia Eagles are the new top team, while the 0-7 Cleveland Browns rank 32nd. The Minnesota Vikings (7th) are the NFC North’s highest ranking team, while the Bears (15th), Detroit Lions (17th), and Packers (23rd) round out the division.
Carolina is among the teams the Bears leap-frogged, as last week’s opponent dropped 11 spots down to 16th. Harrison described the Panthers as possibly “the most maddening team in the NFL.”
The Bears could have staked a claim to that title after starting the season 1-4 with an upset win against the Pittsburgh Steelers serving as the silver lining around a hovering cloud of two one-possession losses and a pair of blowout defeats. But a defense that hasn’t allowed an offensive touchdown in nine quarters and has forced six turnovers and picked up eight sacks in the last two games has elevated the team to new heights.
Imagine how much further the team can climb if it enters the bye week on a three-game winning streak after beating the New Orleans Saints on the road. New Orleans, which has won four consecutive games by the way, is eighth in the power rankings.