Each week I want to move the Chicago Bears higher in the rankings, but it's much harder to do than it seems. I have loads of respect for a 7-1 team, especially after the whipping they delivered to the Tennessee Titans, but that doesn't mean I can move other teams down to give Chicago a boost.
Currently, Chicago sits behind Atlanta (undefeated), Houston (7-1), San Francisco (most complete team in the NFL), Green Bay (beat Chicago) and New England (Tom Brady, etc). On a neutral field, could Chicago beat any of those teams? Maybe Houston, but it's incredibly tough to move that team down when it continues to win.
The good news for Bears fans is that the team will get its chance to move itself up in Week 10. With the Texans coming to town, the Bears can silence their critics and make a solid case for the NFL's best team.
All they have to do is win. And in my picks this week, I put the Bears in the win column.