Here are the Week Five Bears power rankings from various sites around the web:
ESPN: #9 (Last week: #11)
Analysis, “Cutler-to-Marshall and an opportunistic defense shined Monday night. When the Bears look good, they look oh so good.”
NFL.com: #6 (Last week: #9)
Analysis, “If Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall can play like they did in a blowout win over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, look out for this team. The Bears finally played like the Super Bowl team this writer predicted them to be. Nice effort on several plays from Nick Roach, Chicago’s other linebacker.”
Yahoo Sports: #12 (Last week: #12)
Analysis, “That was more like what I had envisioned the Cutler-to-Marshall connection looking like. On just eight targets, they hooked up seven times for 138 yards and a touchdown. Perhaps willfully ignoring Mike Tice is the key to this offense.”
CBS Sports: #9 (Last week: #7)
Analysis, “That defense is downright nasty. And when Jay Cutler plays like he did in Dallas, they will be a tough team to beat. Super good? They have a chance.”
Fox Sports: #7 (Last week: #9)
Analysis, “When Jay Cutler is hot, he is really hot, but this team rallies around its defense. The Bears play a vanilla base defense, but all they do is create turnovers. With pressure coming up the middle from Henry Melton and on the edge from Julius Peppers, this DL is getting sacks and hurries while only rushing four, sometimes just three.”
Pro Football Talk: #8 (Last week: #12)
Analysis, “In Jay Cutler’s defense, there’s a good chance Mike Tice ripped one before sitting on the bench.”
Pro Football Weekly: #11 (Last week: #9)
Analysis, “Opportunistic defense has forced a league-high 14 turnovers.”
WEEI.com: #9 (Last week: #10)
Analysis, “It was an encouraging performance from the Bears on Monday night. The offensive line stepped up against a strong Cowboys defensive line. The Bears D has been the story so far. Chicago leads the league with 14 takeaways.”
Best ranking: NFL.com (#6)
Worst ranking: Yahoo Sports (#12)
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