If you are not a fan of the Chicago Bears or Minnesota Vikings and are waking up today after watching last night’s game between each team, I would like to apologize.
It is an apology that is always needed after the Bears play in a primetime game as the team proves each week that they are not a modern football franchise.
Before we dive into the reason why you came, quarterback Justin Fields, let’s be clear that most of last night’s issues for the Bears stem around offensive coordinator Luke Getsy.
Having said that, Fields does deserve some blame for the incompetency that was the Bears’ offense last night.
The game actually got off to a nice start for Fields as he completed the first 12 of his passes in the Bears’ 12-10 victory over the Vikings but once the team ran out of their scripted plays, there was a struggle to move the ball with any rhythm.
The fourth quarter is where the inconsistency from Fields shined.
The Bears were clinging to a 9-3 lead for most of the fourth quarter before Fields had two fumbles on consecutive drives with the result being the Vikings scoring a go-ahead touchdown after the first one.
By the time Fields had fumbled for a second time in as many drives, it seemed to be the finality in the decision that the team would be taking USC’s Caleb Williams with the first overall selection.
That is, until the final drive of the game. Fields orchestrated a 10-play, 66-yard drive that included a 36-yard connection with wide receiver D.J. Moore that put the Bears in field goal position. A game-winning field goal was kicked by Cairo Santos while the quarterback debate remains in the same place it has been for the past year–undecided.
Yes, Fields did orchestrate a comeback drive but his two turnovers in the fourth quarter were the reason why the Bears should have lost that game. There is no doubt that a box was checked for Fields on Monday night but there wasn’t a firm answer provided on the quarterback debate.