Week 3 NFL Power Rankings, Chicago Bears Edition

Week 3 NFL Power Rankings, Chicago Bears Edition
Bears' wide receivers Cameron Meredith and Marquess Wilson during the final minutes of a game on September 20, 2015. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune)

Following the Chicago Bears’ blowout loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, here are the Week 3 power rankings from various media outlets around the web:

ESPN: 32 (Last week: 27)

“The Bears’ defense is picking up where it left off. Chicago has allowed the most points in the NFL this season after allowing the most points from 2013-14.”

NFL.com: 32 (Last week: 27)

“Well, through two games, we know the defense is not up to par. The Bears have allowed 79 points — 13 more than the next closest team. And now Jay Cutler is hurt, too. So let’s throw some positive energy out there. The famous 1985 Chicago outfit gave up 28 in Week 1 and 24 in Week 3, and that squad turned it around. Just saying. Of course, that linebacking corps was much better than this one (as was the rest of the defense). Power Rankings trivia: Wilber Marshall and Mike Singletary are the two most famous LBs on that team. Who was the other guy? (@HarrisonNFL) #55”

Fox Sports: 32 (Last week: 27)

“Chicago’s secondary was exposed in Week 2 and the offense stalled once quarterback Jay Cutler was forced from the game due to a hamstring injury. If Cutler misses time, and he is expected to, the Bears could struggle to stay competitive.”

CBS Sports: 32 (Last week: 25)

“The Chicago Bears have never given up 48 points at home. John Fox is a great coach who has won everywhere he’s been, but this is a project that is going to take some time.”

Yahoo Sports: 32 (Last week: 28)

“Simple question for Bears fans: What about this team gives you any hope moving forward to 2016 and beyond?”

Pro Football Talk: 32 (Last week: 28)

“Not that long ago, coach John Fox lost 43-8 to the Seahawks at a neutral site and with a much better team.”

USA Today: 32 (Last week: 27)

“Seriously, is there a compelling reason not to shop free-agent-to-be Matt Forte for a team going nowhere fast?”

My thoughts

A unanimous last place ranking is not pretty. I’m not sure if it can’t get much worse than what we saw on Sunday. The Bears definitely have a lot of soul searching to do over the next few weeks.

Snap count watch

On defense, the trio of Adrian Amos, Antrel Rolle and Shea McClellin played all 59 snaps on the afternoon.

Sherrick McManis was out there for 39 snaps while rookie Bryce Callahan played six and Brock Vereen failed to see any action.

Will Sutton finished with 42 snaps, the most for a Bears’ defensive lineman, while recently promoted practice squad player Brandon Dunn had 20 and the Bears’ latest free agent addition Lavar Edwards was in on two.

Behind Pernell McPhee (39) and Jared Allen (31) both Willie Young and Lamarr Houston played 18 snaps at outside linebacker. Sam Acho made his season debut and docked 14 snaps.

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