2022 NFL Power Rankings: Chicago Bears
Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.
Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Chicago Bears in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.
ESPN -- Rank: 22
Justin Fields' early-season struggles were magnified in the Bears' 23-20 win over the Houston Texans, as the second-year quarterback called his performance "trash" after completing 8 of 17 pass attempts for 106 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Chicago's offense hasn't been able to get its passing attack going, and much of that has to do with Fields missing wide-open throws, sailing balls past his receivers and generally appearing uncomfortable in the pocket. The Bears are trying to get a read on whether Fields is the answer at quarterback beyond this season, but it's tough to evaluate him when he has only attempted 45 passes through three weeks.
NFL.com -- Rank: 27
Eyebrows raised when Justin Fields came out of Chicago's first two games with just 28 total pass attempts. You have a better idea of any trepidation Matt Eberflus may have after watching the second-year passer stumble through Sunday's win over the Texans. Fields threw two interceptions, fumbled twice and generally looked uncomfortable piloting the Chicago attack. We knew this was going to be a season of growing pains for Fields and the Bears -- but the early signs suggest those pains might be more severe than expected.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 24
They are 2-1, but have hardly looked like that type of team. The offense can run it, but Justin Fields continues to struggle.
USA Today -- Rank: 30
The good news? Chicago ran for 281 yards in Sunday's win against Houston. The bad news? That nearly matched QB Justin Fields' 297 passing yards ... for the season.
The Athletic -- Rank: 24
The Bears are chasing history. Through three games, Justin Fields has been sacked an astounding 18.2 percent of the time. To put that in perspective, the difference between the Bears and the 31st-ranked team in sack rate this season is about the same as the difference between that team and the 21st-ranked team. The standing NFL record is 18.3 percent by the 1969 Falcons, who had three quarterbacks sacked at least 14 times. The post-merger record belongs to the 1976 Lions (15.8 percent), while the lowest mark this century is the 2002 Texans' 14.5 percent. Therein lies the problem — that Texans team was famously David Carr's rookie season, and the prevailing thought is it ruined his confidence in the pocket to some degree. Fields has more athletic tools than Carr to avoid pass rushers, but the Bears' setup in 2022 sure feels like they have not made Fields the priority.
Did we mention they won this week? The Bears are 2-1! Khalil Herbert ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries to lead a rushing attack that ranks eighth in the league in EPA per rush.
The Ringer -- Rank: 30
The Bears have no business winning football games right now, but here they are at 2-1. Justin Fields leads a passing attack that is averaging just 78.3 yards per game through Week 3, which is 80.7 yards fewer than any other team in the NFL. David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert have both contributed to a surprisingly efficient rushing attack, but better teams will beat up on Chicago's extremely one-dimensional offense.
Yahoo! -- Rank: 28
Justin Fields has 23 completions in three games. This calendar year, every single decision the Bears have made — including the defensive-minded coach they hired, the lack of free-agent additions on offense, drafting defense first and continuing to the playcalling — seems to indicate they have zero belief in Fields.
PFT -- Rank: 22
Ugly wins count the same in the standing as the pretty ones.
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