Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields has been a human highlight reel in his last four starts. However, another magnificent individual effort was spoiled with one poor decision.
Fields has made plenty of progress in his second year as the Bears’ starter. Though he has shown immense growth as of late, Bears fans witnessed one of those tough growing pains as the team fell to the Detroit Lions 31-30 in yet another heart-breaker.
Without Fields, the Bears aren’t in this game. Passing for 160 yards and two touchdowns, adding 147 yards on the ground with two more scores, Fields did it all.
The aforementioned growing pain reared its ugly head with just over 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. While targeting TE Cole Kmet on a screen, Fields threw a costly interception, which Lions CB Jeff Okudah returned 20 yards for a touchdown.
“It’s a dumb play,” Fields said. “I can assure you that will never happen again for the rest of my career.”
Okudah read the screen play like a book, and Fields made a poor decision allowing the Lions to tie things up at 24-24. What’s great about Fields is that he is capable of atoning for any mistake, no matter how costly.
Three plays after the pick-six, Fields galloped 67 yards to the endzone to reclaim the lead. Unfortunately, K Cairo Santos would miss the extra point, which happened to be the difference in the contest.
Sunday’s loss emphasizes how one play can completely flip a game in the NFL. While Chicago has endured back-to-back excruciating losses, the team’s future looks much more clear than it did just a month ago.
Fields can cover up most issues due to his unique athleticism and generational speed. But the Bears, as currently constructed, don’t have enough firepower to overcome multiple mishaps.
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