There’s no debating the Detroit Lions defense had a ton of trouble defending Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields on Sunday.
Fields had another historic day, breaking records he set the previous week and dazzling fans in ways that no other NFL quarterback can, currently.
But unfortunately for Fields and his Bears teammates, the day ended in a loss.
Either way, he left a major impression on both Lions coaches and players.
“That quarterback now is, it’s everything we talked about and it just, man, you can play perfect and play the game you want to play and if you just let him out four plays, it will kill you,” Lions head coach Dan Campbell said after the game. “It could be four touchdowns.”
“I was so gassed that I had nothing to say, and then unfortunately, he came back,” Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah said. “I didn’t realize how fast he’s gotten since college. He’s a fast guy now.”
It’s easy to come away impressed with Fields, especially after seeing him up-close like the Lions did in Week 10. Fields finished the day with a 60% completion rate that resulted in 167 passing yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
However, it’s the damage Fields did on the ground that left everyone in awe. The second-year quarterback routinely sliced, diced, and outran the Lions defense to the tune of 147 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns on 14 carries.
“It’s tough. It’s tough,” Okudah said when asked about the difficulty level that comes with tackling Fields. “The way they block it up there’s not a lot of one-on-one opportunities to tackle him. You got to beat a block and then make a play on a guy who is really elusive. They’re doing a good job with that.”
But, being the NFL player he is, Okudah has a very confident outlook on the next matchup with the Bears, which is a little under two months away.
“We’ll watch the tape and next time we play them we’ll have definitely more answers for him.”
You gotta love the confidence, even if you’re a Bears fan. But, since Week 6, there hasn’t been an NFL defense that’s had even the slightest clue when it comes to stopping Fields.
And when combining that with the fact that a) the Lions couldn’t stop Fields and b) the Lions defense is still one of the NFL’s worst – it’s clear Okudah may wanna temper expectations when it comes to the rematch on January 1.
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