2019 NFL Power Rankings:
No. 9 Chicago Bears
I wanted to rank the Bears in my Top Five. I believe the defense is the tits. There's just one major flaw — Mitchell Trubisky aka Mr. Biscuit. I don't want to discredit his performance during Chicago's 31-15 victory over Washington in Week 3. The 2017 draft's No. 2 pick threw his first of three touchdown passes of the season. Let's keep it a buck, however. The Bears scored 24 points off turnovers, including a pick-six and one drive in which they engineered a touchdown of just four yards. Trubisky completed one pass that traveled more than 15 yards -- a beautiful 36-yard strike to Taylor Gabriel for a touchdown --, and that's alarming. We've seen legendary Bears defenses lead struggling offenses to Super Bowls before. Shit, Rex Grossman played in The Big Game. Can't see a team who won't take the training wheels off its quarterback contending for a Super Bowl in the year 2019.
It's not like Trubisky isn't stocked with weapons. Taylor Gabriel, the recipient of all three of Trubisky's touchdown passes against Racist Franchise Name, stretches the field and features a versatile skill set. Allen Robinson is finally healthy, and a big-bodied baller who goes up for contested catches like Dennis Rodman did rebounds. Anthony Miller should be a slot machine, even though he's yet to do a gotdamn thing. And the backfield features David Montgomery, who Matt Nagy is learning how to use by the week, and Tarik Cohen, a swiss-army knife whose also been underutilized so far this season. I don't know if Chicago's problems are a Matt Nagy issue or Trubisky. All I know is it needs quick addressing.
Chuck Pagano's group is the best defensive unit in football. You can debate whoever wants to listen, but I don't. Khalil Mack is the NFL's best defensive player not named Aaron Donald. Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman are two of the league's better defensive tackles -- both can rush the passer, which is a luxury coming from the interior. Roquan Smith, Danny Trevathan and Leonard Floyd round out arguably the league's most athletic linebacking core. Last, but not least, the defensive backfield. I never understood why Eddie Jackson slipped in the 2017 draft, other than an injury. At Alabama, he proved to be ballhawk with an insatiable hunger for the end zone. Nothings has chanted in Chicago, but his address -- five touchdowns in his first two seasons. He's become the league's best safety. To complete the group, Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara are lockdown corners whose physical style of play wears out opposing wideouts, and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is a tone-setter with ball skills. Find a weakness.
Offensive Players to Watch: Mitchell Trubisky, David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen
Defensive Players to Watch: Not a single weakness here, boss.
Fantasy Players to Watch: David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen, Bears D/ST
Verdict: The division is arguably the NFL’s best tough so innately the Bears should lose some of those contests. With that said, the Bears’ defense should be able to carry them in a heap of defensive struggles. Eddie Piniero also has to be Eddie Money (R.I.P.). 10-6