The Bears nearly pulled off the upset in Week 1 against visiting Atlanta in a 23-17 loss. With that, here are the Week Two NFL power rankings from various media outlets around the web:
ESPN: 28 (Last week: 29)
“Quarterback Mike Glennon had a quiet three quarters before nearly capping off a comeback in Week 1 against the Falcons. Possible overreaction: The Bears’ running backs stole the show on Sunday, and comeback bid or not, Mitchell Trubisky will be leading the offense sooner rather than later.”
NFL.com: 27 (Last week: 25)
“Chicago kept it competitive against the Falcons on Sunday. Kept it real, too, losing in the Bears-iest way possible. (What is it about Bears receivers dropping touchdown passes? Remember the Titans game in 2016?) More significant than the 0-1 start was the obvious improvement in the defense, which made the defending NFC champs earn it. Also of import was the injury sustained by receiver Kevin White, who was placed on IR after fracturing his shoulder blade during the game. This after Alshon Jeffery’s departure via free agency and fellow wideout Cameron Meredith’s torn ACL. Ugh.”
Yahoo Sports: 27 (Last week: 26)
“The Bears are going to be competitive most of this season. The problem is that receivers Cameron Meredith and Kevin White are already out for the season. White’s injury is especially cruel. The seventh pick of the 2015 draft will have played five games with 21 catches and no touchdowns in the three seasons since he was drafted.”
USA Today: 24 (Last week: 30)
“Could rookie Tarik Cohen’s stellar start (113 scrimmage yards) and Jordan Howard’s killer drop in clutch significantly alter RBs’ share of touches?”
CBS Sports: 29 (Last week: 30)
“They competed against the Falcons and had a chance late to win it, which is a nice sign going forward. Mike Glennon did some good things, but was inconsistent. Even so, he will stay as the starter.”
Walter Football: 27 (Last week: 29)
“I loved what I saw out of Tarik Cohen in the preseason, but I didn’t think he’d see much action because he was behind Jordan Howard, and that’s why I didn’t recommend him as a fantasy sleeper. Oops! Cohen was dynamic in the season opener, and he single-handedly allowed Chicago’s offense to keep things interesting. Many have been compared to Darren Sproles and failed to live up to it, but it seems as though Cohen is the real deal.
Despite Cohen’s best efforts, the Bears still lost they game. They would’ve prevailed over the defending NFC champions had Jordan Howard hung on to the ball, so they definitely showed me something.”
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