You'd think 5-1 may earn some national respect? I guess not! Here's what the Power Rankings are saying:
NBC Sports Chicago – #7 The Bears' defense is starting to look like 2018 again, but two years later, the offense is still holding this team back from being a real Super Bowl contender.
ESPN – #11 The Bears have yet to fill Cohen's multidimensional role on offense, although veteran Lamar Miller is a strong candidate to do so whenever the Bears elevate him off the practice squad.
NFL.com – #11 Do you respect the Bears yet? They provided more food for thought on Sunday, shutting down the Panthers with a 23-16 win in Charlotte. Carolina had been playing as well as any team in the NFC over the course of its three-game winning streak, but the Bears' defense muzzled Matt Rhule's offense with a now-familiar recipe for success: get to the quarterback and force turnovers.
CBS Sports – #6 At 5-1, it's time to give them their props. It might not be pretty, but they are getting the job done.
Yahoo Sports – #12 The Bears defense is good, but probably not good enough to continually overcome a bad offense. I can’t justify putting them higher than this, despite their record.
Sports Illustrated – #12 The Bears are 5–1! They are doing it on the strength of their defense, which is a recipe not many teams are following here in 2020. I’m not sure if they can sustain this for the whole season, especially as the schedule tightens up, but they have banked enough wins already to be in the playoff chase for the long haul.
Bleacher Report – #10 Despite winning four of their first five games, the Bears weren't given much praise for their start to the season. But after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers blasted the Green Bay Packers and the Bears outlasted the Panthers, Chicago is all alone in first place in the NFC North.