The Chicago Bears got off to a good preseason start this weekend with a 19-14 win against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Despite the win, Bears fans should be livid after Chicago’s preseason opener.

That’s because Bears quarterback Justin Fields got rocked by a Chiefs defender while he was clearly sliding. No penalty was called on the play.

Here’s the play:

If that’s Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, there’s a flag thrown immediately. And maybe a fine (perhaps that’s going a bit far, but it wouldn’t shock me).

That’s inexcusable from the officiating crew — especially with two officials standing right in front of the play. Fields gave himself up and was nailed by the defender. And while I wouldn’t consider the hit dirty, it still caused Fields’ head to snap back and hit the ground.

It’s going to be a long season for Fields and the Bears if this is the type of treatment they’re going to receive from officials this year.

I understand that future Hall of Famers like Brady and Rodgers are going to receive more calls than unproven quarterbacks like Fields. But at the same time, if the NFL is trying to protect quarterbacks, this is the exact thing they can’t let slide.

“I guess I’ll just have to wait a few years, maybe four or five years, before I get that one,” said Fields after the game. “Hopefully I get it soon.”

Fields is fortunate that he’s ok, though another couple of hits like the one on Saturday and he might not be so lucky.

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