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Fields discusses Bears offense's goals for final regular-season games


As the Bears prepare for their final two regular-season contests – at home versus the Falcons on Sunday and in Green Bay against the Packers in Week 18 – quarterback Justin Fields laid out the offense's main goal.

"We have one every game," Fields told reporters Wednesday. "We try to put up at least 28 points a game. That usually gets it done for our defense. Usually you put up 28 points, take care of the ball, and execute on third down and gold zone, and you should win a game. Of course, you don't want to put a cap on however many points you can score or want to score. But yeah, we go into every game with the goal to score 28 points."

The Bears neared that goal last Sunday, putting up 27 points against the Cardinals on Christmas Eve. Still, the third-year pro wasn't satisfied with the unit's performance after the Bears jumped out to a 21-7 lead at halftime before scoring just six points in the second half.

Fields pointed to his lone turnover — an interception in the fourth quarter on a ball intended for running back Khalil Herbert in the end zone — as an opportunity to have surpassed the 28-point goal.

"I feel like we could have scored more if I would have thrown a better ball to Khalil on that pick," Fields said. "I mean, that was a potential touchdown there. Twenty-one points in the first half, you've got to score more than six points in the whole second half, so we left more out there. So just cleaning up those details and focusing on sustaining that hot start throughout the whole game."

Eberflus continues to preach consistency

Coach Matt Eberflus also discussed what he's looking to see in the next two games, highlighting Fields' consistency since he returned from a thumb injury Nov. 19.

"With him it's just about being consistent, about the good things he has done," Eberflus said. "What has he done the last five or six games is, the sack total has been cut in half. That's been really good. Interceptions are down. He has one if you take out the two end-of-half, end-of-game interceptions that he had in Cleveland.

"So that's really good, too. And then him being able to evade the rush and look down the field to create some momentum plays going forward. His rhythm and timing is improving, too."

Fields noted that before he returned to game action. Eberflus "gave me a thing that said '200,' which is two touchdowns, no sacks, no turnovers" which serves as his goal for each game.

While Fields' improvement is apparent, he continues to be adamant about making more corrections and reaching new levels of his game.

"I mean like I've always said, I can always improve in areas," Fields said. "I'm not perfect at anything. To be honest, I have a lot of work to do. That work's gonna be put in. It's gonna be done. I'm excited for this Sunday, this matchup we have against Atlanta, going against a talented defense. Everybody's getting ready for it, so it'll be fun."

Injury Update

Receiver Darnell Mooney missed Wednesday's practice and is in concussion protocol. Eberflus said that Mooney came in Monday after the game and "self-reported having concussion-like symptoms."

Tight end Cole Kmet (knee) and Lucas Patrick (knee) also did not practice Wednesday. Kmet sustained a knee injury during Sunday's game and missed the entire second half.

"He'll get treatment throughout the day and into tomorrow and we'll see where that goes," Eberflus said. "No further update from there."

"Lucas Patrick will also be out of practice today," Eberflus added. "But he will be doing the walkthroughs, engaged with meetings, and will be out there with the group."

Offensive lineman Teven Jenkins remains in concussion protocol but was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. Running back D'Onta Foreman also returned to practice; he was inactive for Sunday's game after missing last Thursday's practice and being limited Friday due to a personal issue.

Linebacker Noah Sewell (knee) and receiver Equanimeous St. Brown (pectoral), neither of whom played against the Cardinals, also returned to practice as full participants.

The Bears were back on the practice fields at Halas Hall in advance of Sunday's New Year's Eve battle with the Atlanta Falcons.

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