Bears win despite ugly day from Justin Fields

NFL: SEP 25 Texans at Bears
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Bears quarterback Justin Fields struggled through a miserable day today against the Texans, but in the end the Bears got it done anyway.

Fields completed just eight of 17 passes for 106 yards with no touchdowns, two interceptions and five sacks, but Texans quarterback Davis Mills also threw two interceptions, and the second one set up a last-second field goal that gave the Bears a 23-20 win.

The Bears are 2-1 and in first place in the NFC North, and Bears fans have to be happy with that. But the lack of development from Fields, the franchise quarterback, is alarming.

Khalil Herbert was excellent for Chicago, carrying 20 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns after David Montgomery exited with an injury.

For the Texans, who fall to 0-2-1, it’s a disappointing ending in a game when their pass defense played very well, but their run defense did too little, and Mills threw one interception too many.

26 responses to “Bears win despite ugly day from Justin Fields

  1. At the rate it’s going, Eberflus and Poles won’t need the whole season to make a decision on Fields for ’23. He’s looking worse by the week. On a positive note, the Bears have lost to a lot of “beatable” teams under the last 3 coaches so it was nice to see them pull this one out for the new guy.

    And a question: how is it possible for the same O Line to be so great at run blocking and the worst I’ve ever seen on pass plays?

  2. Bears need to give Getsy a kick in the butt, you have to at least try to throw on first down once in a while. And why make him throw from the ‘pocket’ when your o-line sucks? They rolled him out early and had some success and then stopped. Almost as bad as Hackett in Denver, so much for Green Bay coaches being great hires.

  3. Bear fans need to thank the gods for every win this year. The big question: Was a game win today against the Texans really a big loss in the DRAFTING ORDER BOWL that the Bears to be a leading contender for. Why Fields was not on the bench in Q4 is a mystery.

  4. Fields looks so robotic. He can’t seem to read the defense & always seems 1/2 second late on his decisions. The OC isn’t doing him any favors, but based on his lack of progress it seems like Bears will need to draft a QB yet again.

  5. “And a question: how is it possible for the same O Line to be so great at run blocking and the worst I’ve ever seen on pass plays?”

    To answer that question, run blocking is much easier than pass blocking for most linemen. On run plays, you are simply attacking the guy across from you and trying to open a hole for the running back. As long as you are hitting someone, you can’t do much wrong.
    On pass plays, the linemen must react to the defensive front, and do so quickly and correctly, or the QB is going to be plastered to the turf. That means diagnosing the zone blitzes, stunts, and pre-snap disguises, in real time, that the defenses use to mask their plays and confuse offenses. As the Bears offensive line is basically newly formed with as lot of cast-offs and rookies, doing so is a tall proposition. That is in addition to the fact on pass plays they are being attacked, not attacking themselves, so momentum is on the defensive line’s side on pass plays. With all this in mind, expect to see Trevor Siemian suit up and start sooner than later, by necessity.

  6. They did the same thing to Trubisky, didn’t utilize his athleticism. I’m not defending Fields entirely, he made a couple of bad throws that went for INT’s. Other coordinators seem to game plan around their offensive weaknesses and it’s still early but so far, here we go again with an OC and offensive game planning that requires players to adapt to a philosophy instead of making a game plan based on the skills your players actually have. I said it when they hired Poles and Eberflus, they don’t seem to be sold on a Fields as the guy. They don’t seem to be doing much of anything to help him.

  7. Alot of criticism for Fields but very little for a pass blocking offensive line that is worse than atrocious.

  8. Both Getsy and Hackett are suspect so far outside of GB. Both incredibly underwhelming leaders. At this rate if Poles and Flus don’t see something out of JF this year they’re stupid to not move off him for talent in the draft. Kid has all the opportunity in the world to make this franchise his own and “bad” playcalling or not he should make plays. The backs are showing they can. What’s his excuse?

  9. Not sure how Getsy feels since he calls the plays but he should know that Bear fans wince every time Fields does not hand the ball off.

  10. When will this fad of drafting QBs who can’t throw in college in the first round end???

  11. There was an article earlier this week saying Chicago doesn’t throw. Well duh. You can actually win a game despite having Fields by running. They should run every play the rest of the year except a gimmick pass once a week.

  12. It’s pretty obvious that DCs have figured Getsy out. He’s trying to keep the game out of Fields’ hand as much as possible because the line can’t block and receivers can’t get open. When Fields does have to pass the call rollouts out to cover for the most inept pass blocking OL in the league. So all you have to do is stop those (which the Texans did) and keep Fields in the poxket (such as it is). Voila, an almost automatic wasted play if not a sack or turnover whenever you can make Fields do that. There is subpar talent at every position in the Bears offense except RB and you can only coach around that so much.

  13. bassplucker says:
    September 25, 2022 at 5:27 pm
    It’s pretty obvious that DCs have figured Getsy out.

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    Completely disagree. Getsy is running the ball because he knows the OL can’t pass protect if their life depended on it.

    With the 280+ rushing yards Bears just added, so far no one has been able to stop them. You would think a smart DC would take away the run. Hasn’t happened so far.

    The only thing I agree with is subpar talent. Again, this is a rebuild. Stop expecting too much from this team.

  14. There’s so many problems in the passing game, it’s hard to even list them. Fields is a big part of the problems. If we turn into a defensive team with a below average QB that “competes” again, I’m going to throw up in my mouth.

  15. There’s so many problems in the passing game, it’s hard to even list them. Fields is a big part of the problems. If we turn into a defensive team with a below average QB that “competes” again, I’m going to throw up in my mouth.

    Replace IF with WHEN and then go to the drug store and get some mouthwash!

  16. We post a bit of snarky stuff here as Bear fans because the Bears over the last 10 years deserved it. However being 2 and 1 right now feels better than I felt before the season started.

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