The Bears (2-1) got a win at Soldier Field Sunday afternoon, beating the Houston Texans (0-2-1) 23-20 on a last-second chip-shot by placekicker Cairo Santos.
But the win left more questions than answers.
Most observers agree that the Bears’ record this year is largely irrelevant, with the Bears at least a year away from contending for anything. The play of franchise quarterback hopeful Justin Fields is what it’s all about.
(Click on photo for game highlights.)
From that perspective, the day didn’t go so well.
Fields was a dismal 8/17 for 106 yards passing, with 2 interceptions and zero touchdowns. Passer rating? An infinitesimal 27.7.
And considering the remarkably potent Bears running attack, which racked up a whopping 281 yards, averaging 7 yards per carry, one would think that the conditions were ideal for a strong quarterback showing.
One would be wrong.
In the end, it was a typical Bears victory. The Bears defense, in the person of the incredible middle linebacker Roquan Smith, came up with the game-winning play as Smith intercepted a 3rd down pass from Texans quarterback David Mills inside the Texans’ 15 yard line with less than a minute to go in the game. After some kneel-downs, Santos knocked through THE field goal to give the Bears the victory.
So, it’s on to the Giants in New Jersey next Sunday. Wither Fields, nobody knows.