Hopefully, your holiday weekend was spent doing some other than watching one mediocre football team and one horribly bad football team play each other on Sunday afternoon as the Chicago Bears hosted the Arizona Cardinals.
Given the fact that the Bears have blown three games this season where they were leading by 10+ points in the fourth quarter, there is not a game where they should enter with the expectation of winning. Having said that, it would have been difficult for the Bears to lose on Sunday to the Cardinals.
To that end, the Bears survived against the Cardinals as they won 27-16. However, that is not to say that the Bears did not try and give the game away. After going up 21-0 in the second quarter, the Bears proceeded to be outscored 16-6 during the remainder of the game.
Helping the Cardinals remain in the game was a fourth-quarter interception thrown by the Bears' starting quarterback. Fields had two different options on the interception including an open D.J. Moore for what would have been a touchdown that would have put the final nail in the Cardinals' coffin. Instead, the throw to Moore was severely underthrown and led to an interception. The Cardinals proceeded to score a touchdown on the consequent drive.
That 14-point swing in the fourth quarter is exactly why the Bears probably will be making a change at the quarterback position after the season. The Fields' experience was on full display on Sunday as he rushed for 97 yards and had a flash throw to tight end Marcedes Lewis for a touchdown, but he struggled to find any consistency with his passing game as he completed 15 of 27 pass attempts for 170 yards. When the time came for Fields to put the game away with his arm, it led to his worst throw of the game. That inability to close out games along with the likelihood of having the first overall selection in the 2024 NFL Draft is likely what will spark a quarterback change this off-season.