2023 NFL Power Rankings: Chicago Bears
Throughout the 2023 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 2 roundup for the Chicago Bears in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.
ESPN -- Rank: 29
Best debut performance: RB Roschon Johnson
Week 1 stats: 5 rushes for 20 yards, TD; 6 receptions for 35 yards
The fourth-round running back was the lone bright spot for the Bears in a 38-20 drubbing by Green Bay. Johnson's touchdown may have come too late, but his efficiency as a rusher (4.0 yards per carry) was the best of any Bears running back. Chicago leaned on the rookie (29 snaps) more than Khalil Herbert and D'Onta Foreman, a load share that could become heavier for Johnson should he continue to provide the offense with multiple uses. -- Courtney Cronin
NFL.com -- Rank: 29
There weren't a ton of positives to take away from the opener, which ended in a ninth straight loss to Green Bay. Justin Fields wasn't bad, per se, but he was hardly great -- and the overall offensive struggles were such that any offseason optimism anyone might have been feeling was severely tamped down. Netting 6 points on the first three possessions hurt, as the Bears turned the ball over on downs and got bogged down twice deep in Green Bay territory. The offensive line was a sieve. There were five offensive penalties. And Fields threw a horrific pick-six late that sealed it. On top of that, Chicago's defense fell flat, too: The Bears were inconsistent with their pass rush and coverage, generated zero turnovers and executed poorly on third and fourth down. There was more bad here than I imagined the Bears having in Week 1.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 30
The offensive showing wasn't good, but the defense was even worse. So much for the idea of this team taking a step forward.
USA Today -- Rank: 27
New WR DJ Moore had one fewer tackle (1) in his Chicago debut than he did receptions (2). Not the way anyone expected that to go.
The Athletic -- Rank: 29
It's a good thing the Bears have all that draft capital because they have to go get a quarterback. The Justin Fields Experiment is over. In his 26th career start, Fields was 24 of 37 for 216 yards, a touchdown and a pick-six. He led Chicago in rushing with 59 yards but also had a critical fumble, and the Bears were down 24-6 before they scored their first touchdown.
FOX -- Rank: 30
The Bears weren't supposed to be all the way down here, but this looked exactly like the team that finished with the worst record in the league last year. Chicago's offensive line was still leaky. Justin Fields still didn't threaten the defense consistently as a passer. The Bears secondary gave up three gains of 30+. Getting blasted by Aaron Rodgers was to be expected. It wasn't supposed to happen to Jordan Love.
Yahoo! -- Rank: 30
Offensive lines get blamed for sacks, but quarterbacks often have the biggest role in sack numbers. Justin Fields was sacked 55 times last season, which led the NFL, and he took four more in Week 1. He has to figure out how to get better in that aspect of the game if he wants to go to the next level.
PFT -- Rank: 28
The up-or-out year for Justin Fields did not start well.
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