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Fields saw positives on offense against Lions

For the most part, quarterback Justin Fields was pleased with how the Bears offense performed in last Sunday's 31-26 loss to the Lions in Detroit.

After missing four games with a dislocated right thumb, Fields returned to direct a unit that compiled 334 total yards and 25 first downs, scored on six drives and possessed the ball for 40:24.

"I just felt like I did a pretty good job of getting the ball to DJ [Moore] and spreading the ball around and protecting myself when I did run the ball and take off. What really stood out is how we stood out as an offense and how dominant we were."

Fields completed 16 of 23 passes for 169 yards with one touchdown and rushed for a season-high 104 yards on 18 carries. Moore caught seven passes for 96 yards, highlighted by a 39-yard TD from Fields. The Bears also rushed for 183 yards.

"The O-line did a great job protecting," Fields said. "Runners did a great job running the ball. Everybody was doing their job. That's what we want to focus on with our offense: everyone doing their job and all coming together collectively as one, just trying to put our best foot forward and trying to put up points."

The 39-yarder was Fields' longest TD pass of the season and came after he had overthrown Moore earlier in the game.

"When it left my hand, I kind of knew it was going to be overthrown a little bit, like two yards overthrown," Fields said. "I just told DJ, 'If we come back to that play, I'm not going to miss you again, so be ready for it.' It happened. We hit and touchdown."

Fields believes that the 39-yard TD is the type of throw he can make with regularity.

"To be honest, I feel like deep balls, just in general, I feel like it's what I do best," Fields said. "I think I throw the ball down the field exceptionally. It's one of my strengths. I've been doing it since high school, college. I think it's one thing that I do best and one thing that I think we're going to keep doing and get to more."

The Bears were back on the practice fields at Halas Hall to continue their preparation for Monday night's showdown with the Vikings in Minneapolis.

Last Sunday, the Bears scored on their first four possessions of the second half to take a 26-14 lead. But the unit went three-and-out on their penultimate drive and allowed the Lions to ice their 31-26 comeback win with a safety on a strip sack with :22 remaining.

As they prepare for Monday night's road game against the Vikings, Fields and his teammates are focusing on "finishing better and finishing out the game when it counts and when a drive comes up, making that big play when it matters."

"The Vikings have been playing great these past few weeks," Fields said. "Definitely excited for the opportunity we have on Monday night and get to go out there and ball out."

Asked what finishing better means to him, Fields said: "Just doing all I can to make the team successful. Whatever that includes, whatever play call we have, just doing that play call, focusing on the play call, operation, a lot of things."

"The quarterback has to do a lot of things in terms of motion landmarks, mechanics in the two-minute drill, protection, stuff like that," he added. "There's a lot of things that I can name off, but just doing my job and doing it the best I can when it matters."