Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers recognized what’s become apparent about Justin Fields, despite the Chicago Bears being officially eliminated from postseason contention with their sixth straight loss Sunday.
“They've got a talented quarterback who has a chance to be around for a long time,” Rodgers said.
The box score from Chicago’s 28-19 loss to Green Bay isn’t an accurate representation of how well the offense operated as Fields -- coming off a separated left shoulder -- saw his first action since Nov. 20. A 55-yard touchdown scamper -- Fields’ sixth straight game rushing for a score -- reiterated the quarterback's game-changing rushing ability. The types of throws he made while reaching his highest passing output of the season (20-of-25, 254 yards, 2 INTs) showed the strides Fields is making in becoming a well-rounded quarterback.
There’s no question this was Fields' most complete game.
“I think so,” Fields said. “I think this was one of my best games passing-wise. Of course, the stats aren’t going to show that, but I felt really comfortable out there in the passing game. I’m just going to keep improving and keep getting better.”
Green Bay had the NFL’s fourth-best pass defense (187.8 yards per game) and held Fields to 48 net passing yards in Week 2. Chicago’s game plan 11 games later relied on its quarterback’s ability to pick Green Bay apart with his arm in ways he had yet to display.