The Chicago Bears defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in a score of 20-17 at Soldier Field. Coming off an embarrassing loss to the Rams, the Bears stepped up their game on the defensive side, forcing three interceptions on three consecutive passes by Joe Burrow. Bears fans rejoiced to see smart veteran QB play by Andy Dalton, as well as beautiful throws by Justin Fields.
Bears fans have been clamoring to see Fields in action since he was drafted, but no one wanted it to happen this way. Dalton did score the Bears’ only offensive touchdown in the game, and he went 9-11 with a passer rating of 118.2. Bears and NFL fans will be wishing Dalton all the best as he hopefully recovers and starts again, whether on the Bears or somewhere else.
The defense looked completely different as Robert Quinn actually made a sack. A linebacker who was sackless all of 2020 made an impact in week two. Not to mention that he wasn’t even the most impactful player on the defense. Roquan Smith and Jaylon Johnson made the Bears look like a team to be reckoned with.
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After a terrible opening week from the Bears’ defense, Bears DC Sean Desai showed why he got the job this offseason. Eddie Jackson showed flashes of 2018 after stripping the ball from Tee Higgins. Tashaun Gipson Sr. returned the fumble 13 yards to the Bengals’ 39. After that, the Bears intercepted Joe Burrow on three consecutive pass attempts. Roquan Smith had a pick-six off the first pick, followed by career first interceptions by Jaylon Johnson and Angelo Blackson. The defense gave up 2 touchdowns, but it was still an impressive effort by this newly run defense.
After replacing an injured Dalton, Fields didn’t shine the way everyone thought he would. Fields came in for Dalton during the second quarter. He completed 6 for 13 passes for 60 yards with one pick and 31 yards on 10 carries. For not working with the first team during practice, Fields looks decent. We’ll see an improved Fields for Week 3 against the Browns next week.