The Bears have a chance to finish a lost season on a high note, starting with the last place New York Giants who visit Soldier Field this Sunday.
But there are questions as to who will play quarterback, and then the bigger picture questions as to where exactly the organization is headed as fans demand a major overhaul.
1. The Bears win over the Seattle Seahawks was not a pretty win -- but it was a win. Coach Nagy announced late in the week that with first choice quarterback Justin Fields not practicing because of an ankle injury and Andy Dalton being out because of a hand and groin injury, third string quarterback Nick Foles would get his first start of the season. Foles showed that even after not playing a snap since the Bears vs Jaguars game in December of last year he could still run the offense like a true veteran. He got the ball out of his hands and into the hands of his play makers who actually made some plays. Foles finished the game with 24 completions on 35 attempts for 250 yards, 1 touchdown and no turnovers.
2. In the fourth quarter with around 8:10 left on the clock. Seattle has the ball 3rd & 4 on the Bears eight yard line, trying to put themselves up by ten with a chip shot field goal -- or up by thirteen with a touchdown. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson drops back to throw but the Bears’ Robert Quinn is able to wrestle him to the ground, showing the effort we have seen from him most of this season and getting a sack at a crucial point in the game. Quinn is now just one sack away from breaking the Bears’ single season sack record set by Richard Dent in 1984. That sack pushed the Seahawks back 13 yards to the Bears 21 yard line which forced Seattle to attempt a 39 yard field goal that misses wide left and kept the Bears in the game. After turning the ball over on downs the Bears next possession starts with 2:56 left in the 4th quarter. They drive the ball 80 yards for a Jimmy Graham, 15 yard touchdown catch that makes the score 24 - 23 Seattle. Under fire coach Matt Nagy decides to go for the win by attempting the two point conversion. Damiere Byrd comes up with a phenomenal catch at the back of the end zone that puts the Bears up by one with 1:01 left on the clock.
The defense makes the stop and the Bears win the game making that long ride home just a little easier.
3. What’s best for the Bears as an organization moving forward with two games remaining? I can understand not playing Fields depending on how banged up he truly is, but there are other young players both on the offensive and defense that you have an opportunity to evaluate in live action.
Let’s take the tackle position. You have two young tackles in Teven Jenkins and Larry Borom that you are hoping can play those tackle positions for at least the next decade if you are lucky. You also have questions about which guy is better suited for which tackle position. Jenkins is a second-round pick who is just getting his opportunity to play after having back surgery, and Borom was a fifth-round pick that has gotten himself some valuable playing time this season. There is no reason for Germain Ifedi to take reps away from either of the young tackles other than because of injury. Both players have their share of things to learn at this level so the more live snaps they can accumulate and put on film to evaluate the better.
Bears 24 - Giants 17