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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Chicago Bears

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Chicago Bears rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 1 roundup for the Bears in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 22

Person on the hot seat: OLB Robert Quinn

The Bears badly need Quinn to have an impactful year rushing the passer opposite Khalil Mack. Quinn's first season in Chicago was forgettable. After signing a big free-agent deal that included $30 million in guarantees, the veteran had just two sacks. The Bears want to see a return on their investment from Quinn. So far, not so good. Quinn has been sidelined with back issues for a good portion of training camp. -- Jeff Dickerson

NFL.com -- Rank: 21

I guess you can give the Bears some credit for being true to their word: All offseason, we were told that Andy Dalton would be the team's starting quarterback in Week 1, and that's exactly where we're headed for the Sunday Night Football showcase against the Rams. Dalton enters the season on top of the depth chart, but the veteran might be in the least enviable position of any starter in the league. The entire fan base wants Justin Fields to play, and those fans will let Matt Nagy and the Bears know it by the season's first three-and-out. Dalton might be the only QB1 in the league who doesn't have the support of his own fan base.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 23

Andy Dalton opens the season as the starting quarterback, but it's only a matter of time/games before Justin Fields takes over. The Bears are the third team in their division, which is why Fields should be playing soon.

USA Today -- Rank: 25

They'll face pass rushers Aaron Donald, Trey Hendrickson and Garrett in September ... a trio that could serve weekly reminders of Chicago's self-inflicted O-line issues.

The Athletic -- Rank: 23

Why they're ranked here: A spot this low for the Bears probably has a lot more to do with the coaching staff and offensive depth chart than it does Justin Fields or the defense. Perhaps if Matt Nagy had declared the Bears were starting Fields instead of Andy Dalton, they'd be higher on this list. But it's hard to put too much faith in an offense that ranked No. 25 in DVOA and No. 23 in points last year, and is now choosing Dalton at QB. We don't expect that to last all season, of course. Fields will probably step in at some point. But until then, there aren't too many reasons to believe in the Bears.

One big question: When does Fields take over? In the preseason, he looked unquestionably like the Bears' best quarterback. Nagy wants to keep his promise to Dalton regarding the starting job. But with a defense that we expect to be pretty good, how long can Chicago wait before handing over the offense to its enticing rookie quarterback?

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