First, the bad news. The Chicago Bears lost their Week 10 game to the Detroit Lions by one excruciating point, 31-30.
Now, the good news. Justin Fields was dynamic once again, totaling four touchdowns and looking very much like the NFL’s brightest young superstar.
Fields completed 12-of-20 passes for 167 yards and two scores and added a mind-boggling 141 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He wasn’t perfect, however, as his one interception was a costly pick-six that ended up being the difference in the game.
Still, Fields was electric.
The loss drops the Bears to 3-7 on the season and losers of six of their last seven games. It’s a tough stretch for any team to go through, but the fact Justin Fileds continues getting better week over week is a boon for Chicago’s rebuilding efforts.
Fields’ 147 rushing yards comes one week after setting the regular-season record for the most rushing yards in a game. He ran for 178 yards against the Miami Dolphins in a Week 9 loss.
This stretch of Bears’ losses proves they have a lot of work to do this offseason at positions beyond pass-catchers and offensive linemen. The defense has become a legitimate liability, especially in the pass rush. The Bears have scored 91 points over the last three weeks; they’re 0-3 in those games.
The primary goal for the Chicago Bears this season was the development of Justin Fields. He’s done more than develop over the last five games; he’s now the most dangerous player in the NFL. It’s OK if the defense is lagging behind a bit. At least, it’s OK for now.
Losses aren’t fun, especially against a division rival that was down two scores late into the second half. But Chicago’s long-term outlook is as exciting as ever because of Justin Fields. Even in a loss, he makes Bears fans feel like they won.