14. Las Vegas Raiders (+0)
The Las Vegas Raiders are on a bye week, but their position in the power rankings will be reflected in the next rankings.
13. Chicago Bears (+2)
The Bears took advantage of a long week to come out and beat the Carolina Panthers in a pretty solid outing where they looked like the better team. However, I still can’t figure out if I can trust Chicago at all which is why they are in the upper-middle part of these power rankings.
Nick Foles has ranged from painful to boring on the watchability scale, the running game is bad, Anthony Miller seems criminally underutilized, but Khalil Mack finally seems to be hitting his stride and the defense as a whole looks good.
Can the Bears be a defensively led football team that really has nothing going for it on the offensive side of the ball? I don’t think so, but then every week they end up winning and I have to slide them up another spot or two.
Chicago has a tough three-game stretch ahead with the Rams, Saints, and Titans all of which are ranked ahead of them in these power rankings. Maybe after that stretch, we will know more about what the Bears are, but maybe they are just a team that does enough to win.