The Bears keep moving up the rankings.
With their latest win, moving them to 5-1, the Bears now rank as high as sixth and as low as 13th in the latest round of NFL power rankings. Their average spot is No. 10.
Here’s where local and national media outlets rank the Bears out of all 32 NFL teams.
Shaw Local: 9
Writes our Hub Arkush: “Most puzzling club in our Top 10, but might be best ‘D’ in the league.”
Chicago Tribune: 11
Writes the Chicago Tribune: “The surging defense has challenges ahead against the Rams (25.3 points per game), Saints (30.6) and Titans (32.8). Something says the Bears will relish the opportunities.”
Writes ESPN: “The Bears also are struggling to fill [Tarik] Cohen's role on punt returns, where veteran Ted Ginn Jr. has failed to generate much positive yardage in recent weeks.”
Writes NFL.com: “Do you respect the Bears yet? With games against the Rams, Saints and Titans on tap (12-4 combined record), further clarity should be on the way.”
Sports Illustrated: 12
Writes Sports Illustrated: “I’m not sure if they can sustain this for the whole season, especially as the schedule tightens up, but they have banked enough wins already to be in the playoff chase for the long haul.”
USA Today: 13
Writes USA Today: “They’re in first place, so give them credit for grit. But nothing comes easily to this team, especially on offense.”
CBS Sports: 6
Writes CBS Sports: “At 5-1, it's time to give them their props. It might not be pretty, but they are getting the job done.”
The Athletic: 12
Writes The Athletic: “Their defense continues to lead the way. Rookie corner Jaylon Johnson had a nice pass deflection early that Tashaun Gipson intercepted. Eddie Jackson came through with a forced fumble on a Mike Davis run.”
Yahoo Sports: 12
Writes Yahoo Sports: “The Bears are just that team whose record won’t match how good they are. They were outgained by the Panthers. Carolina had more yards per play, more first downs, mostly more of everything except points.”
Bleacher Report: 10
Writes Bleacher Report: “The Chicago Bears are the Rodney Dangerfield of NFL playoff contenders. Despite winning four of their first five games, the Bears weren't given much praise for their start to the season.”