Monday night’s primetime square-off with the Minnesota Vikings didn’t create high morale for Chicago Bears fans. Matt Nagy and Justin Fields both showed good signs but ultimately the bad and ugly of the game overpowered the good and proved how bad the Bears really are.
Nagy and Fields both showed signs of improvement between gameplay and coaching as a whole. Fields’ game also stepped up at the epitome of too little, too late. His passing game got stronger as it got later and later into the game.
He showed great ability to place the ball where only the receiver could get it when he threw a beautiful almost touchdown to Darnell Mooney. His shorter underneath passes, as the Bears began to put their game together, were all well placed as well.
The Justin Fields that all Bears fans knew was hidden beneath the play calling of Matt Nagy showed from time to time in this one Nagy’s good was hard to find as it was hidden and buried. However, his push for the right calls when it mattered most showed his will to succeed and get the best for his players and personnel as a whole.
Rookie offensive lineman Teven Jenkins showed up for his teammates and was not afraid to catch the repercussions of whatever he got himself into. Stepping into the role of on the offensive line that is usually filled by veteran linemen presented his ability to shape into a long-term lineman in the NFL.
The defensive game improved after the game was too far gone. The Vikings’ first down in the 4th quarter was their first since just over 4 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter. The Bears’ offense was unable to capitalize on those chances presented.
Distinguishing between bad and ugly is difficult but not impossible. The 3 times the Bears coughed up the football is obvious for the bad but their inability to catch and secure the football is a bit harder than anything else.
Damiere Byrd’s punt return fumble is semi-forgivable as Jakeem Grant Sr has been doing all the punt returning. Following the defense’s strong late 3rd and early 4th quarters, the offense seemed to be able to make plays with the ball on every down except 4th.
Things are only going to get worse for the Chicago Bears before they get better.
Nagy is play-calling again. Fields’ entire first three quarters showed that as he only posted three points until the final seconds. They were also missing field goals and had 9 combined penalties for 91 yards. None of this stuff is going to help them win games.
The Vikings only posted 193 total yards of offense but they had help moving the ball thanks to the Bears. They continued to take bad penalties at the worst times and that doesn’t describe just how bad that penalty stat is.
Nagy’s monstrosity at the helm again raises the competency question and really shows his case to be fired as soon as he wakes up tomorrow morning. The final drive of the game ending in a controversial touchdown is not how the Bears needed to score points.
Capitalizing in the red zone was the name of the game for the Bears as they connected 1 time in 5 attempts. Justin Fields and Bears fans deserve better than this starting yesterday.