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2022 NFL Power Rankings: Chicago Bears

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 5 roundup for the Chicago Bears in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 28

The biggest issue on defense is ... run defense.

The Bears are the NFL's worst team against the run, having allowed 733 rushing yards through four games (183.3 yards per game), and are on pace to reach historically low marks. As if getting gashed by Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon wasn't enough to have the Bears licking their wounds after a Week 2 loss at Green Bay, Giants running back Saquon Barkley totaled 145 yards on 31 carries and earned 94 of his rushing yards after first contact in Week 4.

NFL.com -- Rank: 30

Justin Fields set a season high on Sunday with 11 completions and in no way is that depressing. Yes, the growing pains rolled on for the young former first-round pick, who took six sacks and had three trips inside the red zone without scoring a touchdown in a 20-12 loss to the Giants at MetLife Stadium. You can imagine Matt Eberflus finds himself in a difficult situation: Fields represents the possible future of the Bears organization, but he's been unable to lead the offense with any efficiency. The new coach is tied to the young QB in his debut season, for better or worse.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 25

They can't pass the football or protect their quarterback. That limits what they can do, which looks like it will be a season-long problem.

USA Today -- Rank: 31

Hardly a shock that this team stinks, but Chicago allowing 183.3 rushing yards per week — more than 10 clear of the next-worst team — is a surprise.

The Athletic -- Rank: 29

What they are: Playing with both arms tied behind their back.

It's hard to be so one-dimensional. The Bears are No. 32 in early-down pass rate (41 percent) and are throwing for a ghastly 97.5 yards per game, which would be the lowest for a full season since the 1977 Buccaneers threw for 90.6 yards per game and finished 2-12. To make matters worse, 25-year-old third-round rookie Velus Jones, who would have been red-flagged on some draft boards because of his age, fumbled away a key punt return in his first game as a pro. At least Bears fans are used to bad offense.

The Ringer -- Rank: 31

For the first time this season, second-year quarterback Justin Fields didn't look freaking awful. He entered Week 4 ranked 28th in EPA per dropback (-.14), but made multiple highlight-reel throws en route to a season-high 174 yards and zero interceptions against the Giants. (The Bears still lost.) The bar has to be much higher than that if Chicago is going to climb out of the depths of this list and commit to Fields long-term, but it's a step in the right direction for Fields truthers and Bears faithful alike.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 29

Justin Fields has 34 completions in four games. Through Sunday's game, 16 quarterbacks had 88 or more completions this season. With that as the backdrop, here was Fields' reaction to a question following Sunday's loss:

Yep, nothing wrong with the passing game at all. Darn stats.

PFT -- Rank: 23

The Bears feel like a team that at any given moment is on the verge of completely imploding.

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