The Bears were as impressive in Sunday’s win against the Oakland Raiders as they’ve been for awhile — more so than the four games played this season.
The defense continued to make improvements and did a good job pressuring Raiders quarterback Derrick Carr. Bears signal caller Jay Cutler was verified as the starter minutes before the game and was rather effective despite limited mobility. Without Alshon Jeffery, the ball-carriers and catchers made important plays to keep drives alive.
Such a productive outing has eased beliefs that the Bears are the worst team in football — or bad enough to be in the bottom-3, according to ESPN.
ESPN’s Week 5 power rankings has the Bears as the 29th team (out of 32) and cited kicker Robbie Gould as a big contributor to the move.
In reality, the Bears aren’t as bad (this season) as the Jaguars and Buccaneers — teams with overwhelmed, young quarterbacks. However, the win may not be a good indicator that Chicago is better than the Miami Dolphins.
As bad as the front-office, coaching staff and quarterback have been this year, there’s so much talent on the team that it could right the ship after a couple of wins. But after coach Joe Philbin was fired, that appears to be the last direction the team is headed in.