After expressing desire to play less 'robotic' football, Justin Fields runs more but struggles mightily in Bears' blowout loss to Chiefs


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (670 The Score) – Bears quarterback Justin Fields wasn’t interested in looking at his statistics in the box score early Sunday evening at Arrowhead Stadium.

“The only stat that matters is the scoreboard,” Fields said after the Bears’ 41-10 loss to the Chiefs.

Fields’ own performance was gruesome too. He was 11-of-22 for 99 yards, one touchdown and one interception while guiding the Bears to only 203 yards of offense. Fields posted a 58.7 passer rating in his first game since lamenting last Wednesday how he was playing too "robotic" while expressing a desire to play more freely.

All the Bears’ scoring came in the fourth quarter as the Chiefs rested star quarterback Patrick Mahomes and many of their starters in the blowout. Fields found top receiver DJ Moore for a nine-yard touchdown with 4:20 remaining in the game, but the game was long over by that point.

Amid an 0-3 start and as his Bears ride a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak, head coach Matt Eberflus is clinging to what few positives he can find in his scuffling football team. That was also the case as he evaluated the 24-year-old Fields’ play when asked what problems he saw in Fields’ performance Sunday.

“I saw a couple good execution plays that he had, a few execution plays that he made some good throws,” Eberflus said. “It’s not always on him. It’s protections, it’s routes, it’s guys running the routes the correct way, which they did for the most part. We got to do a better job there just executing as a whole unit.”

The No. 11 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Fields is playing in his pivotal third NFL season. In 28 starts in the NFL, he has a 5-23 record.

The Bears had elevated expectations entering this 2023 season after going an NFL-worst 3-14 last season. The franchise-worst losing streak has continued into this year and has underscored the collective struggles for Fields and the Bears.

"All we need is one to get this thing going,” Fields said. “The Lions started 1-6 last year and they almost made the playoffs. Just keep that faith. In the big picture, it's the third game of the season. We got 14 left, at least.”

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.

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