Which Chicago Bears were winners from Week 5 vs. Vikings
The Chicago Bears found a way to come back after one of the worst first halves of the season. They were able to score late in the second quarter to make it a 21-10 deficit before scoring twelve points unanswered in the second half. Unfortunately, the Vikings regained the lead late and a costly fumble by Imir Smith-Marsette late in the fourth quarter sealed the Bears fate. With the loss, the Bears move to 2-3 on the year, but there were some important positive performances today.
The Chicago Bears got a great performance from their quarterback
Player One: Justin Fields
This might have been one of Justin Fields’ best games as an NFL quarterback so far. While the stat line will not jump out at you, he was one of the main reasons that the Bears were able to come back and take a temporary lead over the Vikings.
The Bears called good plays today to balance the downfield attack with easy completions. The run game was not effective today, so it was all on Fields to make plays. He did just that. He was able to take the easy completions that the defense was giving him while also hitting the downfield shots when open.
A main sign of growth was that Fields took care of the football today. He did have two fumbles, but he recovered one and the offense recovered the other one. One of them was a bad snap on the first play of the second Bears drive of the game, so that was not really his fault. No interceptions on the day were a result of making the right reads and taking the easy completions.
Justin Fields has all the arm talent in the world. The growth the team needs from him is his awareness and accuracy. Today he was consistently accurate for the most part, and he understood where to go with the football. He also only ran when he had to or when there was nothing open. We want to see less of him forcing a scramble if there are better options.
Fields showed a lot of poise today in what could have easily been a blowout. The Chicago Bears really should have won today, and if they did, they would have to thank Justin Fields for his performance. A lot of growth was shown today when the Bears were forced to pass the ball more, with more being a whopping 21 attempts. They will need him to replicate and improve off this performance during a short week.