Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
I think that Justin Fields has played two very good games the last two weeks. What do you see as the difference?
I agree with you that rookie quarterback Justin Fields played well against the 49ers and Steelers. The biggest difference I see is that he's playing with a lot more decisiveness and confidence, and there's no question in my mind that those two things are related. Against the 49ers, he was very decisive in rushing for 103 yards and also showed pinpoint accuracy on several throws, including his touchdown strike to Jesse James. Fields then followed with his best passing game to date Monday night in Pittsburgh. Once again he made quick decisions and was very accurate, especially on some deep balls down the field that resulted in completions of 50 yards to Marquise Goodwin, 39 yards to Allen Robinson II and 28 yards to Jimmy Graham. Bears fans should be very excited about Fields' development and the fact that he can attack defenses with his arm and legs. I know I am. And he's only going to get better as he gains more experience.
Why did the Bears burn their last timeout to ice the Steelers kicker instead of saving it for their final drive?
The Bears didn't call their final timeout with :30 left in Monday night's game to ice Steelers kicker Chris Boswell. The clock was stopped for a measurement, but as soon the ball was put in play the clock was going to re-start, and the Steelers could have allowed it tick down to :05 before kicking the go-ahead field goal. So, the Bears wisely called timeout to keep the clock at :30 and give them an opportunity after Boswell's field goal.
Loved the touchdown run by Darnell Mooney and was wondering when the last time a Bears wide receiver scored rushing and receiving TDs in the same game.
The last Bears receiver to score rushing and receiving touchdowns in a game was Michael Timpson, who scored on a 6-yard run and 9-yard pass from Erik Kramer Nov. 26, 1995 in a 27-25 road win over the New York Giants. I really liked how the Bears employed the Wildcat formation in Monday night's game, putting multiple running backs on the field together. Hopefully we see more of that in the future. Darnell Mooney's first TD came on a 15-yard run when David Montgomery took a shotgun snap out of the Wildcat and handed off to Mooney. Mooney later caught a 16-yard TD pass from Justin Fields that gave the Bears a 27-26 lead with 1:46 to play before the Steelers rallied via Chris Boswell's game-winning 40-yard field goal with :26 to go.
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