The Chicago Bears lost more than a game against the shorthanded Vikings

The loss against the Vikings came with a huge cost as Justin Fields was injured. It could also make the rest of the 2023 season irrelevant.

Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports
2 of 3
Chicago Bears, Tyson Bagent
Chicago Bears, Tyson Bagent / Todd Rosenberg/GettyImages

Tyson Bagent will take over as the Chicago Bears starting QB

The Chicago Bears will now have to turn to undrafted rookie backup Tyson Bagent, which makes the evaluation of Justin Fields even more complicated as he is expected to miss games for the third straight season due to an injury.

Once again, the game plan by offensive coordinator Luke Getsy made no sense. On the opening drive, the Bears started with an empty formation, and the offensive line could not handle the Vikings six men blitz, allowing Fields to be sacked. It was a bad omen as the offensive line reverted back to its horrible ways and the Bears were never able to adjust the entire game.

And on top of that, his playcalling left plenty of room for scrutiny. Facing 3rd and 7 at the Vikings' 38-yard line in the second quarter, Getsy inexplicably called a run play to Darrynton Evans up the middle for three yards, settling for the Cairo Santos 53-yard field goal. After the Bears forced Vikings turnover, the Bears were facing 3rd and 2 at their 27-yard line. Fields' pass attempt was batted and was picked off. The Vikings marched down the field and promptly scored a touchdown just before halftime, which was a huge momentum swing.

How could he completely ignore DJ Moore, the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week with only two targets in the first half? Why is he trying to prove something at the expense of the Bears losing games due to his stubbornness and ineptness? And is Matt Eberflus OK with this? The lack of consistency from the offense makes things difficult for his defense, which has to return on the field and stay longer because they have problems of their own with a lack of pass rush, and ranking last on third down defense.