Justin Fields lived up to the hype in his first NFL game, giving the Chicago Bears franchise even move hope that their future is bright. Fields was very impressive in his debut, throwing for a touchdown and rushing for a touchdown in his two quarters of action.
Fields electrified the crowd at Soldier Field with an 8-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, as the first-round pick waited for the pocket to collapse before finally taking off and using his speed to find the left corner of the end zone for Chicago's first touchdown of the afternoon. He finished with five carries for 33 yards and the touchdown.
A 21-yard scramble by Fields set up his next touchdown, a 30-yard pass to Jesse James to give Chicago its first lead of the game. Fields used a play fake and rolled to his right, getting the Miami Dolphins defense to bite. He threw across the field to a wide open James, who backpedaled into the end zone for the score. Fields finished the afternoon 14-for-20 for 146 yards and a touchdown (106.7 passer rating).
The second half showcased how Fields settled into the game as the rookie quarterback began to use his legs to set him his throws. Fields finished with three carries for 31 yards in the second half, and was 7 of 8 for 96 yards -- combining for two touchdowns.
As for Andy Dalton -- Fields' competition for the starting quarterback job? He finished 2 for 4 for 18 yards in his two series, as the Bears failed to score on both of his possessions. Dalton started the game, but Fields played the entire second and third quarter -- leading the Bears to three scoring drives for a total of 17 points. Fields did start the game just 2 of 6 for 11 yards, but finished 12 of 14 for 131 yards.
Fields even caught the attention of Ohio native and noted Ohio State Buckeyes fan LeBron James with his impressive debut.
Justin Fields is so SPECIAL man!! Keep going Young 👑— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 14, 2021
Based on the first game of the preseason, Fields stated his case to start for the Bears in Week 1. The future appears to be now for Chicago.