As the Chicago Bears prepare to travel to face the division-leading Minnesota Vikings on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, Fox), quarterback Justin Fields just wants to find a way to win.
It doesn't matter how or what the stastitics say, "as long as we win, that's all I care about," he said after Sunday’s ugly 20-12 loss to the New York Giants in MetLife Stadium.
The problem is it’s hard to see how the Bears can win many games unless their statistics -- especially with the passing game -- improve.
The Bears rank last in the NFL in the following categories:
- Total passing yards
- Passing yards per game
And Fields’ 22.9 QBR is ahead of only Baker Mayfield's 15.3.
This was supposed to be a season in which Fields showed progress, as other QBs have done in their second years. But some of the same problems that plagued Fields and the Bears during his rookie season have returned, including inconsistent offensive line play and Fields holding on to the ball too long. On average, Fields' dropbacks last 3.12 seconds, the third longest in the league. And his 16 sacks are tied for second most in the league and are the most for a Bears QB through four games since Jay Cutler in 2010.
Fields has been pressured on 48% of his dropbacks this season, which is the highest rate in the league. But the Bears rank 10th in pass block win rate, sustaining their blocks for at least 2.5 seconds 64% of the time, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. Fields also has the lowest completion percentage over expectation this season at minus-13.1%, according to NFL Next Gen Stats.