This was a teachable moment on so many levels. For Matt Eberflus, Justin Fields, fans, and everyone who watched that game.
The Packers beat the Bears. Again. And they now have the lead in all-time NFL wins. It wasn’t a blow out. And it helps the big picture. But dang. That one still hurt.
Did Justin Fields Show Progress in His Development?
Yes and no.
The two interceptions hurt the perception of the big picture. But most important of all is that Fields looked healthy. And he performed normally, as if the shoulder wasn’t an issue at all. Ideally, Fields’ postgame comments reflect that.
OK, But Did the Bears Win?
And it fills me with mixed emotions. Because while it’s another blood-boiling defeat, it was also helpful for the grand scheme of things in Chicago’s rebuilding process.
Can We Call it a Tank Win?
Because you care, here is where Sunday’s action leaves the top 10 of the 2023 NFL Draft order after the first slate of games (per Tankathon):
Those two Fields interceptions are gonna be a point of contention. I think I’ll need more than the 50-100 words I tend to allow for this section to talk through it. You’ll bear with me, right?
Me: The road to the Super Bowl is long and pointless; I mean, when you think about it. But now, Bears fans must survive a harrowing bye week that no one enjoys.
Please, please, PLEASE enjoy your bye week responsibly. We’ll still be churning out content because there is still much to discuss. But I’ll be doing so from an oceanfront diner or someplace cool like that.