Bears QB Justin Fields Leads NFL In This Wild Stat Through Week 9

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After starting the season 2-1, the Chicago Bears have fallen on tough times. They have lost five out of their last six games with their only victory being a surprise blowout on the road against the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football.

Despite the less-than-ideal results, there are likely some people within the organization that are happy with how things are progressing. 2022 was always going to be a rebuilding and evaluation season, as the new regime of Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus wanted to see improvement from the young players on the roster, especially offensively.

The Bears traded up in the 2021 NFL Draft to select Justin Fields out of Ohio State but have done very little to upgrade the support around him. The offense was a mess early in the season as everyone was getting used to each other, but in recent weeks, they have finally begun finding their stride.

Fields is beginning to look a lot more comfortable on the field as the last few weeks have been by far the best stretch of his career. The Bears aren’t winning games, but Fields is showcasing the kind of development that makes the franchise excited about its future.

Right now, the greatest strength that Fields has is his legs. He very well may be the best rushing quarterback in the NFL given his combination of size, strength and athleticism. On the season he has 602 yards, which is 10th most in the NFL, on 91 carries with four touchdowns.

He is a big play waiting to happen every time that he snaps the ball, showcasing his talent against the Miami Dolphins with a 61-yard touchdown run in Week 9. That was far from the only big play that he has provided, as according to PFF, Fields has 20 10+ yard runs since Week 4. That is the most in the NFL regardless of position.

Eberflus and the coaching staff are finally unleashing Fields more and playing to his strengths and the results have been excellent. While the passing game is still a work in progress, he is also making great strides there.

In the last five games, Fields has thrown for eight touchdowns and only two interceptions, completing 63.3 percent of his pass attempts. In the first four weeks of the season, Fields threw only two touchdowns with four interceptions, completing only 50.7 percent of his passes.

As Fields is getting more comfortable in the new offense, his confidence is skyrocketing. He is beginning to make plays reminiscent of his time at Ohio State, which is great news for a Bears franchise that has been searching for a franchise quarterback essentially since its inception.

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