Please Help me Understand How the Chicago Bears are Ranked
Disclaimer…I know these polls are all kinda BS. That being said…I was sitting here this morning looking over ESPN and Fox Sport’s ranking of the NFL. The Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints are ranked first and second in both polls. The Bears are 15 in Fox Sports’ Poll and 18th in ESPN’s Poll. On Fox’s poll, the Steelers, Jets and the one of the teams the Bears defeated in the Falcons are ahead of the Bears all with 2-2 records. In ESPN’s poll the Jets, Raiders and Cowboys are ahead of the Bears again with 2-2 records. So if I am to understand this, the Bears lose to the two best teams and even defeat one of the teams ahead of them and yet are considered an average to below-average team. Meanwhile the Steelers and Jets that have played like crap are ranked ahead of the Bears.
Now, let me give you my two-cents from a guy that has watched this team all season.
I think as it stands, the Chicago Bears are an average football team. This doesn’t mean they’ll stay an average team, but the record speaks to how this team has played. They’ve been underdogs in three of their games, and lost two of the three. They’re underdogs again this week in Detroit. The Lions are a good football team that could also be 2-2. Last season, the Bears were considered lucky. This year, the Lions are considered resilient. Can’t have it both ways…there’s no such thing as a lucky team. Teams create their own breaks. The Lions play 60 minutes. The Vikings and Cowboys (both wins for the Lions) don’t and the Lions took advantage with two nice comeback wins. We saw the Bears with a complete effort against the Falcons in week one, and nothing like it since. Even still, the Lions are a top-rated team. 4-0 earns them respect, but they could be 2-2 and considered average. In the end, rankings don’t mean much. Wins and losses do.
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