NFL Power Rankings Week 5: Where Bears Stand After Loss to Giants

Almost four weeks of NFL football are in the books, and we’ve learned a few things.

The Philadelphia Eagles deserved the preseason hype. Nick Siriani’s club is a locomotive that overturns everything in its path. The Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs seem headed for a playoff showdown as long as they can avoid the AFC’s plethora of landmines on their way from Baltimore to Jacksonville and Miami.

Meanwhile, the Bears’ plan to win took an ugly hit on Sunday, as Brian Daboll’s Giants messed up the game, punched the Bears in the mouth and sent Matt Eberfluss’ team back to the Windy City with a 20-12 loss.

With Week 4 in the books, only eight teams are over .500. Parity rules. But that makes these power rankings more difficult than I’d like.

Here’s where each team stands after Week 4 action:

32. Houston Texans (0-2-1): Lovie Smith’s Texans continue to fight, but victory slips away. Unless the No. 1 overall pick is profitable. They are on their way to it.

31. Washington Commanders (1-3): Carson Wentz’s quarterback rating has dropped every week this season. After recording 56.6 in Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys, it’s time to wonder how much time he has left as an NFL starter.

30. Carolina Panthers (1-3): Matt Rhule’s work watch now includes Colorado, Arizona and Wisconsin. Sometimes it’s worth losing.

29. Indianapolis Colts (1-2-1): The Colts can’t blame Carson Wentz for this start. They just stink.

28. Detroit Lions (1-3): The Lions say they are “almost there.” They seem pretty far to me.

27. Chicago Bears (2-2): Justin Fields showed progress in Sunday’s loss to the Giants. That’s not saying much. The Bears have a question mark at every position on offense and most of the defense.

26. New Orleans Saints (1-3): A double strike from distance cost the Saints a chance for follow-up in London. Bears fans feel your pain.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-3): Fourteen bad quarters was all it took for Mike Tomlin to sack Mitchell Trubisky and give the ball to Kenny Pickett. Who had under four pool games?

24. New England Patriots (1-3): Losing to Aaron Rodgers by three points as time expired in overtime while playing your third quarterback has to be as close to a win as a loss can feel.

23. Atlanta Falcons (2-2): The Falcons are 4-0 ATS this season. You know what they say about great teams.

22. Cleveland Browns (2-2): The Browns are 2-2 with games against the Chargers, Ravens, Bengals, Dolphins, Bills and Bucks. Have fun.

21. Seattle Seahawks (2-2): Forget Russ. Let Geno cook.

20. New York Jets (2-2): The Jets are 1-0 as far as I’m concerned. Joe Flacco’s games don’t count.

19. Las Vegas Raiders (1-3): Josh McDaniel is out. The Raiders are better than their record. A lot.

18. New York Giants (3-1): The Giants have so many holes on their roster. But 3-1 is 3-1.

17. Arizona Cardinals (2-2): What does Kliff Kingsbury do?

16. Tennessee Titans (2-2): Ryan Tannehill is now 14-3 against the AFC South as the Titans’ starter. Good, pretty good.

15. Dallas Cowboys (3-1): Cooper Rush has done his job to keep the Cowboys in the playoff chase while Dak Prescott heals. Will Week 5 mark the return of Dak or will Cooper get another turn as the man in Big D?

14. Denver Broncos (2-2): If the Broncos make the playoffs, I’ll buy and eat Dangerwich. A below average football team.

13. Los Angeles Chargers (2-2): The season from hell is hitting the Chargers. Can the battered Justin Herbert keep them afloat?

12. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2): After allowing an NFL-best 55 yards per game through the first three weeks, the Jaguars were run over by the Eagles to 210 yards. Back to the drawing board at Duval.

11. Los Angeles Rams (2-2): Whatever trade Sean McVay made to win last year’s NFC Championship Game was worth it. He can’t beat the 49ers otherwise.

10. San Francisco 49ers (2-2): If anyone sees Sean McVay wandering around Los Angeles at night, be sure to bring him back to Kyle Shanahan. This is its owner.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2): Man, Tom Brady didn’t come out of retirement to play with this Bucs team. Problems abound in Tampa.

8. Minnesota Vikings (3-1): The Saints opted to leave Marshawn Lattimore on an island opposite Justin Jefferson. It didn’t work. The star receiver found his groove again, and he gets the Bears’ secondary pass.

7. Cincinnati Bengals (2-2): Just like John Wick, I think Joe Burrow and the Bengals offense is back.

6. Baltimore Ravens (2-2): The Ravens blew a 17-point lead over the Bills, but also proved they can go toe-to-toe with the presumptive AFC favorites. I’m still all in on the Ravens.

5. Miami Dolphins (3-1): Mike McDaniel is an offensive genius. Wondering how much Kyle Shanahan is missed in San Francisco?

4. Green Bay Packers (3-1): The Packers needed five quarters to beat Bailey Zappe. Not a great look. But they might be the second best team in the NFC right now. That’s not saying much.

3. Buffalo Bills (3-1): If you had the bills and Josh Allen mocking Bryson DeChambeau and LIV Golf on your week 4 bingo card, then congratulations, you’ve won this week’s prize. (No prize.)

2. Kansas City Chiefs (3-1): Sunday night’s performance against the Bucs makes the Chiefs’ Week 3 loss to the Colts all the more confusing. Patrick Mahomes is on a mission.

1. Philadelphia Eagles (4-0): The Eagles ran the ball 50 times to come back in a game where they fell behind 14-0. Your undisputed #1 team through four weeks.

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