Chicago Bears News (VIDEO): Justin Fields nearly gets decapitated on this hit

Chicago Bears, Justin Fields (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
Chicago Bears, Justin Fields (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /

Week 17 saw the Chicago Bears lose yet again, to no one’s surprise. But this time, it was in embarrassing fashion.

The Detroit Lions, still in the thick of the NFC playoff hunt, throttled the Bears by a final score of 41-10. Chicago’s offense ended with just 30 net passing yards, while Justin Fields was sacked a total of seven times.

Fields was under pressure all day long, getting almost zero help from his offensive line. He was hit over and over again, prompting many fans and media members to question why he’s even in the game at a certain point. There was a point where Fields even had to check into the blue medical tent and be evaluated for a concussion.

On a 1st and 10 late in the second quarter, Fields was yet again under pressure and had to escape. As he crossed the line of scrimmage, he was met by a brick wall — James Houston and Malcolm Rodriguez, the latter of whom tried to take his head off.

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields is close to breaking the single-season rushing record, but at what cost?

Fields ended the day with an abysmal stat line through the air, going 7-for-21 with just 75 passing yards, one touchdown, an interception and a lost fumble on the above play.

But, he ran it 10 times for 132 yards on the ground and came that much closer to breaking Lamar Jackson’s single-season rushing record of 1,206. After Week 17, Fields now has 1,143 yards, which means he needs 64 next week in the season finale against the Minnesota Vikings.

It would be a positive way to end the season if Fields broke the record, but if it’s at a similar cost of what we saw him endure today, is it really worth it?

Sure, a Chicago Bears quarterback breaking an NFL record — a positive record, at that — would be a huge victory. It would be unheard of, quite frankly. But, if he is still running for his life against the Vikings, the Bears are going to have to play it safe.

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Let’s say he breaks the record before halftime. At that point, just pull him. There is no sense in risking his health in a season where the Bears likely end up with just three wins.