Chicago Bears: 4 hot takes on Justin Fields, Jaylon Johnson, and more

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The Chicago Bears got in the win column for the first time in 2021, defeating the Bengals 20-17 Sunday. Even though the Bears got the win, it didn’t come without some drama

After taking a commanding 20-3 lead in the fourth quarter, it seemed like the Bears were going to put up one of the most dominant showings of the week, but after the defense gave up a long touchdown to rookie Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Fields threw an interception deep in Bears’ territory, the Bengals were able to cut the lead to 20-17. Chicago was ultimately able to run out the clock and improve to 1-1 on the year and a tie for first place in the NFC North.

Andy Dalton’s injury casts uncertainty on his future in Chicago

Andy Dalton left the game with an injury that was later determined to be a bone bruise in his knee in the first half. Justin Fields took over for the rest of the game, and it was announced Wednesday that Fields would be the starter for the upcoming week. Although Nagy insisted that Dalton would regain the starting role when healthy, Fields has the ability to secure the starting spot for the remainder of the season with strong play in the coming weeks.

The defense rebounded after a tough first week

After an embarrassing showing against the Rams on Sunday Night Football, Sean Desai’s defense bounced back in a big way in week two. The Chicago Bears generated four total turnovers and intercepted Joe Burrow on three consecutive pass attempts. The defense also had four sacks, including Khalil Mack’s first of the season. Of course, it’s only one game, but it was reassuring to see the defense respond the way they did.

The Bears continue to generate a lot of buzz amongst fans and the media

Between the Andy Dalton injury and the defense’s dominant performance, the Bears are still one of the most talked-about teams in the league, and with Justin Fields starting this week, that probably won’t be changing anytime soon. Here are some of the hot takes I’ve seen on the Bears this week.