Chicago Bears: Why Justin Fields deserves zero blame for Week 3 loss

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The Cleveland Browns deserve credit for raining on Justin Fields’ debut parade

If we are going to pass out blame, the least we can do is give credit where credit is due. Much of the talk on national television and throughout the national media on Monday was about how bad the Bears were on offense, but the Browns were dominant on defense. Sure, the Bears’ protection and scheme made it easy on them. But, they still had to go out and execute.

Myles Garrett came up with a team record 4.5 sacks on the day, with plenty of others chipping in on those nine sacks. Jadeveon Clowney added a pair of sacks himself, while the two of these guys combined to hit Fields 11 times.

That’s not all. Garrett and Clowney combined for 14 pressures on Fields. Keep in mind, the Bears had only 30 called passing plays.

Kevin Stefanski, Joe Woods and that coaching staff deserve credit for continuing to overpower the Bears’ offensive line all game long. They mixed it up too, with blitzing both linebackers and safeties during this game. Safety Ronnie Harrison registered a sack, while rookie linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah also tallied half a sack.

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Make no mistake. The Bears were bad. But, the Browns were great. They continued to take what the Bears gave them all afternoon long.