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NFL Power Rankings, Week 4: Bears move up 3 spots on NFL.com’s rankings

The Chicago Bears moved to 2-1 following their 23-20 victory over the Houston Texans in Week 3, and as a result, their standing in NFL Power Rankings across football media is on the rise.

NFL.com is no exception. They moved the Bears up three spots from No. 30 to No. 27. While that may seem like nothing more than moving from the really bad to just bad cluster of teams after three games, it’s still an improvement.

“Eyebrows raised when Justin Fields came out of Chicago’s first two games with just 28 total pass attempts,” NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus wrote. “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.”

Chicago Bears aren’t viewed like a traditional winning team

The Bears are in a weird place right now. They have a winnable game coming up Sunday against the New York Giants and could presumably become one of the few 3-1 teams in the NFL after the first month of the season. It’d be a bizarre sight to see a 3-1 team ranked among the 10 worst teams in the league in power rankings this time next week, but it’s a reality we could be headed for.

Confidence simply doesn’t exist in this Bears team, and it won’t until Fields proves he’s at least turning the corner in his second season. He’s completing just 51.1% of his passes in 2022, which is skewed because of the monsoon conditions he played in against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1. Still, he’s thrown just 28 passes for an offense that looks rooted in the 1980s.

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