The Chicago Bears' loss to the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday came with a massive cost. Justin Fields got injured during the third quarter and in comes UDFA Tyson Bagent. In his first drive, he was sacked and lost a fumble which the Vikings returned for a touchdown. Then, with the Chicago Bears driving down the field late in the game, he underthrew a pass to DJ Moore, and was intercepted just before the two-minute warning.
While he sounded very confident and was poised in his press conference this week, which was well received, let's not kid ourselves. He is still a rookie from a Division II Shepard. Much has been made about where he was exactly a year ago at this time, and now he is starting in the NFL.
Although the Bears got good news that Justin Fields does not need surgery on his injured thumb on his throwing hand, Bagent will have to do his part in keeping the Bears season from completely going off the rails although some say it already has. Hopefully, he will look much better with a full week of practice.
With Justin Fields officially ruled out against the Las Vegas Raiders this Sunday it is Bagent's turn to start. Already some in the Chicago media have moved on from Fields and so are the fans. If Bagent somehow finds a way to win, you know the call for him to anoint him the starter will grow louder no matter how ridiculous it may sound.
Here are my 5 thoughts on the Bears entering Week 7 against the Las Vegas Raiders.