Thinking through the Bears victory over the Lions on Sunday, there is something I just cannot shake about Justin Fields‘ performance. After digging through some statistics, I found a few interesting notes on the young QB’s day.
Fields and the Offense Set the Tone
The first two offensive drives of the game represent something we have not seen a lot of under Nagy. Consistency. The offense moved the ball down the field at will, to the tune of 164 yards and two touchdowns on only 18 plays. Doesn’t sound like anything that special, right? Especially if you spend your Sundays watching other NFL teams. But for the Matt Nagy led Bears, this had only occurred one other time.
The Y-Axis (vertical) represents the points scored on the first two possessions of every Bears game since 2018. The X-Axis (horizontal) represents the yards gained on those same first two possessions. The size of each dot represents yard per play on those first two possessions.
The large blue dot in the upper right hand corner was Sunday’s Justin Fields-led offense. Only one other game matched the early offensive output of yesterday’s game. That game occurred in 2018 at home against the Lions (go figure).
The Bears have only scored 14 points on the first two possessions of the game twice under Nagy, including Sunday’s victory. Nagy-led teams have averaged 71 yards and 3.75 points in the first two drives of the game, to the tune of 5.4 yards per play. On Sunday, they averaged 9.1 yards per play on their way to the end zone on both drives.
Justin Fields is EXPLOSIVE
Fields brought a long missing trait of explosiveness to the offense with his arm strength and downfield accuracy. Just look at how he hits Darnell Mooney here, in stride, for massive air yards and additional room to run after the catch:
His bullet to Allen Robinson was an absolute thing of beauty as well. He threads the needle here in between two defenders into a spot where only Robinson can haul it in. Fields’ arm talent is just ridiculous, and brings an element to the offense that cannot be taught.
Going back through games of Bears past, there were not many games with the same rate of explosive completions as witnessed Sunday. The Bears offense has generated three games with an explosive completion rate above 20% since Matt Nagy took over. Both other occurrences came in 2018.
Oh, and he knows how to get a release off of press coverage at the line of scrimmage. Justin Fields can simply do it all.
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