The Eagles’ defense should have Justin Fields on the run all afternoon.
It wouldn’t be understating things to suggest that Justin Fields‘ first year as the Chicago Bears’ signal-caller didn’t go smoothly, but much of that has been thrown at the doorstep of Matt Nagy and the former coaching staff. Fields could have used more help from his offensive line as well though, and that issue figures to carry over into the coming season.
The Bears gave up a league-leading 58 sacks in 2021. Fields had to pick himself off of the turf 36 times. Still, despite the beating that he was subjected to weekly, the man carrying the hope of an entire city rushed for 420 yards last season, the fifth-most among quarterbacks in the NFL last season. Most of that, however, is the result of running out of desperation rather than design.
The constant harassment that Fields faced led to 12 fumbles, five of which were lost. His touchdown-to-interception ratio left much to be desired as he threw more picks (ten) than scoring strikes (seven).
With money to spend this offseason, there was hope that Chicago would find him some help. They elected, instead, to blow up their roster. They did draft four offensive linemen in this year’s NFL Draft though (Braxton Jones, Zachary Thomas, Doug Kramer, and Ja’Tyre Carter). They also added a wideout (Velus Jones).
This Bears team is still a work in progress. Inexperience will hurt this team some in 2022 as the O-line only averages 14.86 total starts. All that’s been said to say this though.
The Eagles’ defensive line should have a field day in Week 15 at Soldier Field. Chicago’s young signal-caller isn’t the stationary target that Tannehill is, but there will be opportunities to bring him down.
Philadelphia will need to make sure that they wrap him up when they get home. If they do, Week 15’s game should be one that they win going away.