Our hometown Chicago Bears made it their mission to emphasize preseason outings.
They won 20-13 against the Miami Dolphins at Soldier Field today following their joint practice sessions. Granted that it's just preseason action, a different investment is at hand follow a new signal-caller in town.
Rookie QB Justin Fields was spectacular in his first game of action. He finished 14/20 with 142 yards passing and two touchdowns (one rushing). Through media work and watching, it was clear to see how he ignited the game in stride.
The Bears closed the half with just three points. They opened the second half with two touchdown drives. Their defense was flying around cause pressure and turnovers against the Dolphins. Tua Tagovailoa and Jacoby Brissett, and Reid Sinnett were under center for them.
Miami scored all 13 in the first half, with Brissett finding Salvon Ahmed in the endzone for a touchdown. In the second half, we were all tuned in to the Justin Fields show. Two takeaways I have for this team moving forward gave me certainty with this Chicago unit.
Show-stopping capability is possible for this offense.
Yes, Fields only scratched the surface running with the second and third units. His poise and quick-strike capability are worth noting. During warm-ups, you felt what type of time he was on. I don't know when the last time I've seen a rookie quarterback with unpredictable confidence (in the best way). It will be a pleasure to see how that trait will be a benefit to this team. The 17-point burst from the second to the third quarter is a good start.
Let depth be on the Bears side moving forward.
Players such as LB Alec Ogletree, S Deandre Houston-Carson, and TE Jesse James are just a few to name in the Bears depth rotation. They all played with notice in the preseason opener. Utilizing depth, especially with few aging players around, will help this team fire up. Even running backs Artavis Pierce, Ryan Nall, and rookie Khalil Herbert found themselves standing out in rushing. When it's time to cut the roster, valuable pieces should still be around. Inside linebackers, running backs, and wide receivers are a few positions that should be full and ready.
All in all, week one of preseason caught a nice flash of this Bears team. On August 21, the Bears are back at home against the Buffalo Bills.