The Chicago Bears have a decision to make for its regular season finale against the Minnesota Vikings.

There aren’t many reasons as to why Chicago should roll out its full arsenal of impact players on Sunday. The Bears are competing with the Houston Texans in an epic Tankapalooza for the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

With a win negatively affecting the team’s draft position, it doesn’t make sense to go all out, having been eliminated from postseason contention in Week 13. With Justin Fields gutting out injuries on the back end of the season, many fans would prefer to see him sidelined to prevent any further injury or reaggravation.

That being said, history will be on the line for Fields. After adding 132 rushing yards in a loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 17, Fields is within striking distance of Lamar Jackson’s single-season rushing record by a quarterback.

Chasing History

Fields (1,143) needs just 64 yards to surpass Jackson (1,206) for the NFL record. This gives head coach Matt Eberflus an incentive to give Fields the start if his health is up to par.

“I would just say (there are) ongoing conversations about everybody,” Eberflus told reporters on Monday. “About everybody, what we need to do, what’s the best interest for our football team going forward. That conversation, we’re going to have that all the way through Wednesday, all the way through Friday and we’ll decide as we go.”

It’s important to note that, following last week’s loss to the Lions, Eberflus stated that Fields will play is he’s healthy. The Bears’ head coach spoke on how the single-season rushing mark could impact his decision with Fields.

“That’s important. It’s an important factor, but it’s not an end-all, be-all. Certainly the health of our team is the most important thing.”

Like Eberflus said, the record is absolutely important. There is no guarantee that Fields will ever be back in this position. That being said, he’s taken quite a beating this season.

The Bears should start Fields, allow him to break Jackson’s record, and then pull him from the game immediately after.

Fields’ development is not at stake in the final game of the season. He will make plenty of strides over the offseason. However, fans would appreciate this silver lining in what has been an extremely frustrating 2022 campaign.

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