Bernstein: Bears lose a battle of bad teams, but let's not lose sight of what's going on here


(670 The Score) In the middle of one of these games, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that neither team involved is any good. That's the other side of the old trope of "you can throw the records out when these two rivals meet."

You really can't and shouldn't, frankly.

Live On-Air
Ask Your Smart Speaker to Play six seventy the score
670 The Score
Listen Now
Now Playing
Now Playing

A Packers team with a beat-up old quarterback well into the downside of his career won 28-19 on Sunday at Soldier Field over a Bears team with the most dynamic young quarterback many of us have seen in a very long time -- and never in this city. The loss dropped Justin Fields and the Bears to 3-10 and just happens to keep them in the race for prime draft position in a season obviously designed for that to be one of the positive outcomes.

Ask any reasonable Packers fan which franchise's future carries more demonstrated promise, especially adding in picks and cap space.

Fields is the story, make no mistake. He was the most important player on the field, and his numerous attention-grabbing moments far outweigh the two late interceptions, particularly as we consider that he's surrounded by replacement-level players and trying to mitigate a defense and special teams comprising even less than that.

Fields will learn from the miscues, with one lesson being to never target Equanimeous St. Brown in a critical need situation. St. Brown almost dropped two of his three receptions before he screwed up the top of his route in the fourth quarter, and he won't be more than a bottom-roster player if he's still here for the good times. The interception on the Bears' final drive was a misread we'll expect Fields to not make as he grows.

But everything else, wow. He completed 11 straight at one point, answering those who wanted him to operate more as passer than designed runner. The 56-yard bomb to St. Brown was on the dot, the 49-yarder to N'Keal Harry a calculated 50/50 chance for his big receiver and the best throw of all was a 24-yarder on third-and-10 to Cole Kmet that came after a scramble threat pulled defenders out of position. It's supposed to look just like that.

Oh, and he ripped off a dazzling 56-yard scoring run in the first quarter that made him the first quarterback in NFL history with three touchdown runs over 50 yards and tied the franchise and league record of six straight games with a rushing score as a quarterback, one that was set by Johnny Lujack in 1950.

Fields again topping 20 mph on his big run made it the eighth time he's done so this season, which is more times than any player -- not just a quarterback, any player -- has in a full season since 2018, according to NextGen Stats.

So let's all agree to be as aware as possible of what's going on here, even amid all the usual distraction of Bears/Packers silliness and figurative moving of the goalposts 13 games into a teardown season.

Amid the gutting of the roster and hoarding of money and draft capital that define this painful bottoming-out of the Bears, we're able to know more good things each week about the development of their already record-setting quarterback.

That's far more significant in the long run than what ended up on the scoreboard.

Dan Bernstein is the co-host of the Bernstein & Holmes Show on middays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on 670 The Score. You can follow him on Twitter @Dan_Bernstein.

Listen live to 670 The Score via:
Audacy App  |  Online Stream  |  Smart Speaker

Featured Image Photo Credit: Quinn Harris/Getty Images