The NFL is a result-based business, and it’s understandable for fans to be upset with the Chicago Bears’ 28-19 loss to the Green Bay Packers. That being said, there were a handful of silver linings in the game that the team can turn to in the future.

Justin Fields had a highly efficient day in the pocket, though his two late interceptions tarnished his stat line. After the game Fields stated that it was his most complete performance passing-wise.

That could not have happened without the offensive line’s best performance of the season.

There has been plenty of shuffling and rotating in the trenches on the season, but the Bears did a marvelous job keeping Fields clean. Not only is pass protection conducive to offensive success, but while Fields is nursing his left shoulder injury it’s important that he avoids taking big hits.

Fields was complimentary of the offensive line following the game.

“I think the O-line did a great job protecting,” Fields said. “I think the run game was solid. I think the passing game really took a big step today. So I just felt comfortable out there going through progressions and stuff like that. Again, like I said, the O-line did a great job in pass pro.”

The Bears allowed pressure on just 22 percent of Fields’ drop backs, which is the lowest in his career. He was not sacked once on the day.

Fields, especially while dealing with an injury, is precious cargo. He is the key to this franchise turning the corner and returning to postseason relevance. The Bears can’t get to that point if he is continually taking a beating in the pocket.

Sunday was a major step in the right direction for the offense, even in defeat. With just four games left in a rebuilding year, Bears fans can enjoy the little things as the new regime looks for answers heading into next season.

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