The Chicago Bears offense has had enough trouble putting up points this season as is... and some interesting decisions from the officials certainly didn't make it any easier on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Whether it was a harsh hit on Justin Fields, a curious "low block" call in the red zone or a different harsh hit on Fields, there was plenty for the NFL community on Twitter to complain about, and everyone was pretty much on the same page.
In a couple of different cases, Fields was hit hard — and potentially illegally — but without any consequence for the Steelers defense. The one that drew the most ire from fans occurred when Fields whipped a swing pass to the right side and was blindsided about a second later.
Needless to say, there were a lot of angry tweets that went up as a result, with fans and analysts alike questioning why the officials kept the flags off the field when Ben Roethlisberger had been awarded with a seemingly less severe roughing the passer call earlier in the game.
Immediately before the no-call on the apparent roughing the passer, Fields had another chance seemingly stripped from him by the refs, this time after he had thrown a dart to Jimmy Graham in the back of the end zone. The flag? A "low block" from an offensive lineman, though it doesn't appear that there was much contact, if any at all. Though video isn't readily available of the play, you'll probably realize that you don't want to see it anyway after seeing the social media outburst that came as a result.
Another week, another controversial set of calls from the referees. We'll see how the team and head coach Matt Nagy address some of the questionable calls after the game.