CHICAGO – Bears coach Matt Eberflus stated he would not see Justin Fields’ lack of flashy passing stats after a 27-16 win over the Arizona Cardinals as a detriment to the workforce’s skill to win persistently.
“I take a look at it as progress,” Eberflus stated of Fields’ efficiency in Week 16. “While you’re the successful quarterback on the successful workforce, that is all the time factor, proper? He is been part of that; the final three of the 4 wins got here from the 2 minutes and he was a part of that. I undoubtedly see progress.”
Fields’ dual-threat talents lifted the Bears to their sixth win of the season, doubling Chicago’s win whole from 2022. The quarterback accomplished 15 of 27 passes for 170 yards, 1 landing and 1 interception with a 71.5 passer score. Fields additionally rushed for 97 yards and a landing on 9 makes an attempt.
In response to ESPN Stats & Data, the Bears’ 250 speeding yards had been probably the most in a recreation this season, as had been their 150 yards earlier than contact. Working again Khalil Herbert, who obtained his first begin in three weeks after D’Onta Foreman was declared inactive, generated a season-best 112 speeding yards on 20 carries and a landing.
“We’re enthusiastic about that,” Eberflus stated of the run recreation. “When you may have a quantity like that, your quarterback is usually a giant a part of it. So 97 yards mixed [Fields]. Had some actually dynamic scrambles and runs. What was cool was that he appeared downfield quite a bit and made some passes as effectively, and that is what he is been engaged on. That was actually good.”
When Fields’ passing whole dropped from 135 yards within the first half to 35 within the second half, he made up for it by doubling his speeding output (65 yards vs. 32 within the first two quarters).
Fields was with out a wholesome DJ Moore, who grew to become extra of a decoy for the Bears on offense after re-aggravating the ankle damage he suffered in Week 14 in opposition to Detroit. Moore left shortly after being damage on the second play of the sport. Chicago’s high receiver completed with three catches for 18 yards, his greatest seize approaching third-and-4 late within the fourth quarter and establishing a area purpose.
Fields additionally needed to regulate to the second-half absence of Cole Kmet, who didn’t return after a knee damage. Kmet reached a career-high 107 receiving yards on 4 catches within the first half.
Sunday marked Area’s ninth profession recreation with passing and speeding touchdowns, tying former Bears quarterback Jim Harbaugh for the second-most such video games in a season in franchise historical past.
After the sport, Fields rejected the concept he should attain a selected statistical threshold — passing or speeding — to achieve success.
“I imply, I am cool with something so long as we win a recreation, to be sincere with you,” Fields stated. “If I’ve 100 passing yards with no touchdowns…we get the win, I am cool with that. I do know folks like stats and – ‘he solely threw for this or that a lot.’ I do not care. We received the sport. So long as we win, I am not likely a numbers individual, you recognize? All I do know is that one went up within the win column at the moment, in order that’s all I care.’