Another Thursday Night Game, Another Eyesore: Bears vs. Commanders
Abolish Thursday Night Games or at least rework what match-ups because whoever thought it was a good idea to put Washington and Chicago in 2022 on a Thursday night needs to be fired.
Anyway, lets dive into another horror show that was Thursday night between the Bears and Commanders at Soldier Field.
It was another comedy of errors on both sides, but honestly the Bears looked pretty solid on offense. They had an 11-play 66-yard drive with some good play calls by offensive coordinator Luke Getsy to get the Bears into the redzone.
However, this was a Thursday night game and there are no touchdowns allowed as Fields threw an interception off the head of Commanders lineman Efe Obada's helmet, sending the ball into the air until it was picked off by Johnathan Allen.
The Bears had another drive later in the first half and got to the one yard line and went for it on fourth down, but a run by Khalil Herbert was stopped and the game remained scoreless.
The two sides traded punts throughout the rest of the first half until Joey Slye kicks a 38 yard-field goal to give the Commanders the lead 3-0 at half time.
Washington would do nothing with the ball on their first drive of the second half after deferring the opening kickoff and punted the ball to Chicago's six yard line.
Something magical happened, the Bears moved the ball down the field. After a David Montgomery run for 13 yards and a Darnell Mooney reception for 18 yards, the Bears faced a 2nd & 9 after a jet-sweep to Equanimeous St. Brown.
Finally, the football gods showed mercy on fans as they allowed a touchdown as Fields threw and absolute dime to Dante Pettis of all people for a 40 yard touchdown pass to give the Bears the lead.
Those types of throws are why so many Bears fans (including myself) are so high on Fields. When you give him protection, you can see the type of special throws that no Bears fan (living or dead) has ever seen.
After another Washington Field goal to make the score 7-6 Chicago, the Bears defense forced a punt after a three and out from the Commanders.
Velus Jones Jr. tried to field the punt, but with the swirling winds, the ball hit him in the face and Washington was able to recover at the Bears six yard line.
For the second week in a row, Chicago's defense gave up a touchdown in the second half, but this one is a hard one to blame on the defense being backed up at the six yard line.
Brian Robinson was able to cross the goal line and score his first NFL touchdown of his career. It's an incredible achievement considering all that Robinson has gone through to begin his NFL career.
After the Bears turned the ball over on downs with 2:28 left at the Commanders 48 yard line, Washington looked to make it an eight point game just after the two minute warning.
Slye lined up to take a 48 yard field goal and missed the kick wide left by over two feet, giving the Bears a shot at some how winning the game with 1:49 to play and no timeouts.
After a fumble on the first play that was recovered by Montgomery and a 10 yard pass to Pettis set up a 3rd and 5 for the Bears with 1:06 left to play. With no one open, Fields made another dynamite play as he ran for 39 yards to set the Bears up at the Commanders five yard line.
After a scramble and two incompletions, it was fourth and goal and the game on the line. Fields looked for his number one target in Mooney who jumped up to try and make the catch in the endzone but bobbled it and only regained possession as he fell to the one yard line, sealing the Bears loss, 12-7.
If you want to blame any part of this loss on Fields or the defense, then you are just flat out wrong. While Fields did not play well, as he went 14/27, 190 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 pick he was under duress all game long.
While it is really unknown whether Fields can be the guy long term, for me personally, I think he has shown enough to where if you can build an offensive system and skill position players around him, he can truly do some special things.
With the loss the Bears fall to 2-4 while the Commanders improve to 2-4. The Bears will have even more time off as they will be back in action on Oct. 17 as they will travel to Foxboro to take on the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football.