Chicago Bears: Three best-case scenarios for Justin Fields to start

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The Chicago Bears could start Justin Fields in Week 4

With the Bears schedule being released today, Bears fans were able to see the absolutely tough schedule we will have this upcoming season highlighted by a rough stretch in Weeks 6 to 9 in which we face the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, and Pittsburgh Steelers.

So, why throw Fields out there right before that stretch? For starters, he needs to face tough defenses. Fields cannot just be coddled and face bad defenses, but he also cannot just be thrown into the fire. This would make Week 4 ideal for the Bears.

Week 4 the Bears play the Detroit Lions at home. The currently rebuilding Lions have a fairly poor defense that made Trubisky look nearly elite when he played them as they allowed the most yards of any defense in the NFL last season. In addition to that, they no longer have Matt Stafford on the other side of the field making games into shootouts. Instead, they have Jared Goff who doesn’t exactly strike the same fear into opposing defenses.

After they face the Lions, the Bears then travel to the Death Star in Las Vegas to face the Raiders. The Raiders are another poor defense highlighted by their poor draft decisions each year. Their secondary lacks talent despite drafting three safeties and they don’t generate much pass rush. They can’t stop the run very well either. The Raiders allowed the ninth-most yards of any defense last season and gave up the seventh-most passing yards of any defense.

These two games would allow Fields to warm up to the NFL before that buzz saw of competition. Fields would then be able to be hot going into Week 6 against Green Bay.