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Power Ranking Round-Up: Bears drop (slightly) after loss

Power Ranking Round-Up: Bears drop (slightly) after loss

Despite the Bears' soul-crushing loss at the leg of Aaron Rodgers last week, it seems the national consensus remains the same: the Bears might be good??

As Power Rankings coming rolling in this afternoon, you won't find too much drastic movement in the Bears' positioning. Here's where sports media pegged the Bears after Week 1: 

Our Power Rankings: #17, down two spots

"They got Aaron Rodgers'd so, so hard. With that said, the Bears defense looked electric with both Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith on the field."

NBC Sports Washington: #19, no movement

"The ending of that showdown with the Packers was GUT-WRENCHING. But Khalil Mack stepped in and was a stud, while Mitch Trubisky showed some promise and lots of mobility on offense."

NFL.com: #16, down one spot

"While Bears fans are feeling the hangover of too many first-half Jagerbombs and/or one of the worst collapses in recent memory, let's try to look at the big picture. Chicago has a good enough team to win 10 games for the first time since the Brian Urlacher/Lovie Smith era."

Washington Post: #21, down four spots

"Khalil Mack was as dominant as a defender can be, at least for a half, in his Bears debut. And the Bears certainly resembled a team with possibilities for most of the night Sunday at Lambeau Field."

Bleacher Report: #15, up one spot

"The Bears team we saw in the first half is an indicator of just how improved Chicago is relative to last year. And Mack will only get better as he settles in to his new home."

ESPN: #21, up five spots

"What's more remarkable, Mack reached those thresholds in the first half alone and is the only player to put together a half of that kind since sacks became official in 1982."

USA Today: #18, up one spot

"Offense showed intriguing signs of life, but it still accounted for same number of TDs Sunday night (1) as new OLB Khalil Mack."

Sports Illustrated: #21, down two spots

SB Nation: #17, down four spots

CBS Sports: #25, down one spot

"If moral victories count, they got one against the Packers. But they don't. They are a better team now than a year ago - that's for sure."

Sporting News: #23, down four spots

"The Bears were sitting pretty with Khail Mack going all grizzly on the Packers, but then Mitchell Trubisky blew it for them in the new-look offense. They need to focus on winning despite Trubisky with a heavier defense/running game-oriented plan."

FanSided: #23, down two spots

"A brutal loss. A brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal loss that falls on Matt Nagy and a stagnant offense more than the rest."

 

Under Center Podcast: Checking in on the Lions with ESPN’s Mike Rothstein

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Under Center Podcast: Checking in on the Lions with ESPN’s Mike Rothstein

JJ Stankevitz is joined by ESPN Lions reporter Mike Rothstein to dive into how close Detroit is to cleaning house (1:00), expectations for Matthew Stafford (5:50) and T.J. Hockenson (10:00), what new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s scheme looks like (13:45), where the Lions are strongest and weakest on defense (16:50) and if this team actually respects Matt Patricia (22:20).

Plus, Mike discusses the story he co-wrote on the rise and fall of the AAF and what it would take for a spring football league to succeed (26:10).

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Bears rookie WR Riley Ridley motivated by older brother, family name

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Bears rookie WR Riley Ridley motivated by older brother, family name

Bears fourth-round pick Riley Ridley knew what to expect coming into the NFL thanks to his older brother Calvin, the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver.

Their family bond kept them close even as they played for rival colleges and now competing professional teams, and they both take a lot of motivation from the name on the back of their jerseys.

The two receivers came together on camera for the Bears’ “Meet the Rookies” series.

“We do what we do, not just for the family, but for our name, our brand,” Riley Ridley said. “We want to take that as far as it can go. That Ridley name is strong, and that’s how we view it.”

Ridley opened up about growing up with his mother raising him and his three brothers. He said he’s going to be his own biggest critic and do everything he can to help his teammates.

His brother Calvin added some color to the image of Riley that’s starting to take shape.

“Very funny, really cool, laid back,” Calvin Ridley said. “He’s a different person on the field. I would say he has a lot of anger on the field — very physical.”

Matt Nagy should find good use for that physicality in the Bears offense, plugging Ridley in a wide receiver group already deep with young talent.

Ridley doesn’t seem like the type of player who will allow himself to get buried on the depth chart.