Week 2 NFL Power Rankings, Chicago Bears Edition

Week 2 NFL Power Rankings, Chicago Bears Edition
Kyle Fuller argues with a referee after a pass interference call was made on Fuller in the second half. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune).

After the Chicago Bears hung tough against rival Green Bay on Sunday, here are the Week 2 power rankings from various media outlets around the web:

ESPN: 27 (Last week: 25)

“The Bears have now lost six straight games dating to last season. Only the Buccaneers have a longer active losing streak (7 games).”

NFL.com: 27 (Last week: 25)

“It was a close contest at Soldier Field on Sunday. You have to love the Bears rolling out the 1940s-era throwbacks. Ultimately, the new-look defense in Chicago faltered in the second half, allowing Green Bay to score touchdowns on three of their four full possessions: Aaron Rodgers marched the Packers on TD drives of 59, 78 and 48 yards — with the last one coming off a crushing Jay Cutler pick. Another middling performance from the Chicago QB, in case you only watched eight minutes.”

Fox Sports: 27 (Last week: 29)

“New head coach John Fox is doing the best he can with the talent he has to work with on defense, and the Bears could end up finishing as a respectable unit. A toned-down offensive approach could keep quarterback Jay Cutler’s turnovers down, but it will also limit his big-play ability.”

CBS Sports: 25 (Last week: 22)

“They did some nice things on offense and the defense looked improved against the Packers. That’s progress.”

Yahoo Sports: 28 (Last week: 27)

“Matt Forte looked fresh and fast with 166 total yards. As long as he continues to look that good, John Fox will continue to ride him.”

Pro Football Talk: 28 (Last week: 29)

“It’s wasn’t a win, but it also wasn’t a disaster.”

USA Today: 27 (Last week: 32)

“Rather encouraging debut for a team with low expectations. But let’s hope wheels don’t fall off Matt Forte.”

Acho is back

The Bears brought outside linebacker Sam Acho back on Monday after waiving the fifth-year veteran on Saturday. Defensive lineman Cornelius Washington was placed on injured reserve with a quadriceps injury in a corresponding move.

It’s unfortunate for Washington, who was expected to be a core special teamer and key rotational linemen. The Bears currently only have four linemen on their roster (Ego Ferguson, Eddie Goldman, Jarvis Jenkins and Will Sutton) with Jeremiah Ratliff suspended through Week 3. Rookie nose tackle Terry Williams or Brandon Dunn should get a promotion from the practice squad this week.

For Acho it is big news for him. Jared Allen struggled in the two-point stance on Sunday while Willie Young played 22 snaps and Lamarr Houston was in on four. With Acho, the Bears will be able to line up in more definitive 3-4 looks. Against Green Bay, they had little to no pass rush and played sort of a hybrid 4-3 defense in nickel packages often.

Acho clearly knew he was coming back to the Bears. Take a look at this tweet from him on Sunday morning.

He’s recovering from an illness and appears to be trending in the right direction. Look for Acho to be an integral part of the defense as Vic Fangio continues to works on the kinks with his new group.

Snap count watch

With the Bears playing nickel most of the afternoon, slot corner Sherrick McManis was in on 55 of 60 snaps while Terrance Mitchell played strictly on special teams. Safety Brock Vereen played one snap and Demontre Hurst played two.

The defensive line rotation went like this (Sutton – 39, Jenkins – 37, Goldman – 24, Ferguson – 23, Washington – 1).

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