The third-year quarterback has had his ups and downs but showed pop in his three starts before going down with injury. Fields led the NFL with a 120.0 passer rating in the three games prior to his injury after generating a 67.7 passer rating in Weeks 1-3 (31st in NFL). Those are the types of roller-coaster experiences Fields must smooth out moving forward.
The stretch run is pivotal for both Fields and the Bears. The dynamic dual-threat needs to show he can be a consistent playmaker, display faster processing and play within the offensive scheme without losing the big plays that make him an exciting quarterback.
The Bears currently hold the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 draft (from this past offseason’s trade with Carolina). In 2023, they scheduled replacing Fields, electing to trade the top selection and ride with the 2021 No. 11 overall pick. How Fields plays over the next seven games will go a long way to determining his future in Chicago or elsewhere in 2024.
Sunday, Fields faces a Lions defense that has given up 30 points per game since Week 7, the most in the NFL.