The Chicago Bears did lose to the San Francisco 49ers at home 33-22, but there were some big positive takeaways to come away with despite the loss. A few players stood out as winners from this game and we should look to see how they build on Sunday’s performance going forward.
A few players gave the Chicago Bears a real chance to win the game
Chicago Bears Week 8 Winner No. 1: Justin Fields
Putting the loss aside, it was a career game for Justin Fields. No, he did not finish with 300+ yards passing, he did not even hit 200. He only had one passing touchdown and one on the ground.
One must look beyond the numbers to see how this was a win for the development of Justin Fields. He needs to develop his touch on some of his throws, but he has that unteachable ball placement and his ability to flat out throw the ball was demonstrated against the 49ers.
It still is not great to see the consistently low numbers in terms of passing the ball, but that is what you get with a duel credit quarterback. Lamar Jackson put up many similar games in his first few years while he developed as a passer, and this year he is throwing the ball better than ever before.
Justin Fields looked decisive today. When he wanted to run, he did. When he wanted to look for a deeper option, he went through his reads. The confidence is slowly growing and it is especially good to see after last week’s performance, one which put him on the “dud” list.
We must acknowledge how lethal this guy really is, I mean just look at the kid’s speed. He is running by defenders and leaving them in the dust. Combine that with his vision and one could argue he can be on the Lamar Jackson and Kyler Murray level very soon. Fields turned one of the worst fourth and one plays I have ever seen into one of the best touchdowns I have ever seen.
While it has not been pretty this year and the growing pains show more than the improvements so far, Sunday was a big win for Justin Fields as he showed flashes of what is to come as he gains more experience. Hopefully, soon we will see some connections deep with guys like Darnell Mooney and Allen Robinson to ignite the offense.