The Chicago Bears did the unexpected by fighting through the nasty conditions and pulling out a win against the San Francisco 49ers.
Football fans across the country were startled by the result, but they weren’t the only hardcore football fanatics that were shocked by the Bears’ sudden victory against a very competitive 49ers team.
Count NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus as one potentially surprised by the result, as he moved the Bears up seven spots in his latest power rankings. His reaction to the Bears’ win was similar to the rest of ours, mostly in regards to the electric play displayed by Justin Fields.
Justin Fields sparked the comeback with the type of scramble play that’s fast become his signature — the second-year QB spun away from the rush, found some open space, then threw across the field to Dante Pettis, who scored from 51 yards out. Fields has playmaker traits that produce enough electricity to raise a team from the dead.
There has been a lot of talk about Fields and how he’d be able to succeed this year with his surroundings being so subpar. Many were concerned his development would take a big hit, which is a development no Bears fan wants to see while so much positivity is leaking from the organization.
However, we saw a glimpse of what Fields can do to make his experience as comfortable as possible this year. That is to rely on his athleticism more than not and create big plays as a result.
If Fields can consistently do that this year — and avoid any major injuries in the process — these Bears will continue to leapfrog other teams in the power rankings and potentially make some shockwaves across the league.
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