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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 2 roundup for the Bears in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 26

Top rookie: RB Khalil Herbert

Slim pickings for the Bears. Herbert far and away outperformed the rest of Chicago's rookies with four kickoff returns for 106 yards. He opened the game with a 50-yard return that gifted the Bears great field position -- only to later see Andy Dalton throw an interception in the end zone. It was that kind of night for Chicago. -- Jeff Dickerson

NFL.com -- Rank: 26

All summer, the huddled masses begged Chicago not to put Andy Dalton on Sunday Night Football. The Bears didn't listen, but it wasn't Dalton's fault Chicago was blown out by the Rams. Only one offense in the league ran fewer plays than Los Angeles in Week 1, but the Rams still tallied 34 points and more than 350 total yards against a backpedaling Chicago D that's regressed considerably in recent years. The Bears need Justin Fields to do more than just serve as an upgrade over Dalton in the starting lineup. They need their first-round pick to give the team something that it's lost in recent years: an identity.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 24

The offense isn't good enough with Andy Dalton, who didn't throw it down the field at all. It has to be Justin Fields time soon.

USA Today -- Rank: 26

While the world obsesses with making rookie QB Justin Fields the starter, not enough people are talking about how bad Chicago's offensive line and defense are.

The Athletic -- Rank: 26

Overreaction: Matt Nagy needs to stop overthinking this and just play Justin Fields already. And yes, we mean play Fields for more than five snaps. The only justifiable reason to stick with Dalton is if the Bears are winning and in playoff contention with him, and there have been zero signs that will be the case. Dalton was objectively bad in his Bears debut (206 passing yards, no touchdowns and one brutal red-zone interception); Nagy is already willing to bring Fields in to add some dynamic running ability and insert run-pass options into the offense. It's already time to make a permanent move. -- Jones

Reality check: This was the Rams, but Matthew Stafford had a QB rating 36 points higher than any of his first 20 games against the Bears. A QB change is coming, sure, but the Bears defense basically gave up points on six of the first seven possessions. That's troubling. -- Auman

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