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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 18 roundup for the Chicago Bears in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 28

Regular season in five words or fewer: What else did you expect?

The Bears are in line for the No. 1 or No. 2 overall pick because they were not constructed to win in 2022. That was the expectation going into the season when the front office tore down the roster to begin rebuilding, and it did not change even despite seeing glimpses of this offense's high-scoring potential in Weeks 7-10. Injuries and talent deficiencies define the season but do not excuse everything, including the defense's inability to stop the run (ranked 31st) and allowing 504 yards to Detroit to usher in a new franchise-worst losing streak at nine games.

NFL.com -- Rank: 29

There have been reasons for optimism around the Bears in the second half of the season -- mostly due to the rise of Justin Fields -- but Sunday's pummeling at the hands of the rival Lions shows how far this team remains from relevance. Chicago got run out of the building at Ford Field, allowing over 500 yards in a 41-10 loss that keeps the Bears in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Fields went over 100 yards on the ground once again, but also had one of his worst passing days, completing just seven of 21 attempts for 75 yards while absorbing seven sacks from the league's No. 32-ranked defense. Fields is ruled out for Chicago's season finale against Minnesota due to a hip injury, so it's backup Nathan Peterman getting the start.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 31

They have fallen apart down the stretch. The defense has been really bad. That unit needs a lot of help.

USA Today -- Rank: 28

Not a ton to get excited about in Chicago at the moment ... but if you love right guards, Teven Jenkins has emerged as one of the league's best?

Yahoo! -- Rank: 30

The Bears have picked first overall in the draft twice, in 1941 (Tom Harmon) and 1947 (Bob Fenimore). If the Bears lose to the Vikings (who can still move up to the No. 2 playoff seed with a win) and the Texans beat a bad Colts team, Chicago will have the No. 1 overall pick. Justin Fields won't play, and it probably doesn't matter that much because the Bears aren't picking a quarterback and the Texans likely will, but it would open up more trade possibilities with teams in love with a quarterback like Alabama's Bryce Young.

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