Schrock’s Bears Report Card: Assessing Justin Fields, offensive, and defensive performances in triumph over Vikings
When it comes to Monday’s showdown between the Bears and the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium, it certainly wasn’t a game for the highlight reels. That being said, quarterback Justin Fields managed to pull through, backed by a dominant defensive display, leading the Bears to a tight 12-10 victory.
In their efforts to fend off the blitz-heavy Vikings, the Bears relied heavily on screens and horizontal passing plays, resulting in some less-than-stellar offensive football. However, as they say, there are no style points in the NFL – just wins.
Overall, it was a much-needed victory for head coach Matt Eberflus and the Bears as they head into their bye week. Let’s take a look at how each unit performed in this nail-biting contest.
Fields faced a blitz on more than half of his dropbacks, prompting the Bears to resort to 13 screen passes. This ultimately led Fields to finish with career-low marks in air yards per attempt and air yards per completion. However, in the decisive moments of the game, Fields stepped up, delivering a game-winning drive and cementing a passing grade of C+ for the team.
The Bears’ ground attack struggled, with rookie Roschon Johnson and Khalil Herbert failing to make much headway. Fields emerged as the leading rusher, but the team’s overall performance was less than stellar, resulting in a passing grade of C for the ground game.
The Bears’ defense put on a show, intercepting Vikings quarterback Dobbs four times and sacking him twice. The unit came up big when it mattered most, earning an A grade for their stellar performance.
The Bears contained the Vikings’ rushing game, limiting Alexander Mattison’s impact and keeping Dobbs from gaining much ground with his legs. With a solid interior push from the defensive line and sure tackling from the linebackers, the Bears’ run defense continued to shine, receiving an A grade.
While the offensive game plan struggled, the defensive strategy was solid, with Eberflus and his team displaying sound defensive prowess. Despite a lackluster offensive performance, the Bears’ coaching staff ultimately delivered, resulting in an overall coaching grade of A-.
In conclusion, while it wasn’t the prettiest win, the Bears managed to come out on top, demonstrating resilience and determination. As they head into the bye week, the team will undoubtedly use this hard-fought victory as a springboard for the remainder of the season.
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