In what was the sloppiest of games in Week 1, the Chicago Bears defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 19-10.
The weather for this game was brutal, it rained for almost the whole game and the field was soaked.
But, this turned into a good win for the Bears who came into this home game as underdogs.
The second NFL season for QB Justin Fields got off to an up-and-down start.
The 23-year-old QB completed only eight of 17 passes for 121 yards.
But, he did add two touchdown passes, which helped the Bears take the lead in the final quarter.
.@justnfields magic 🪄
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 11, 2022
Chicago’s passing offense needs to improve in Week 2.
At the very least, they need to get more players involved.
No wide receiver caught more than one pass for the Bears and their leading in catches and targets was David Montgomery.
The number one receiver on the Bears is Darnell Mooney, who only caught one pass for eight yards.
The Bears need a more explosive offense and that is key especially when they play in better weather.
The offensive line remains a serious issue for the Bears.
Fields was only sacked two times in the game but pressured plenty of others.
Also, the O-line did not do a great job opening up holes in the run game.
The Bears ran the ball 37 times for 99 yards for a poor 2.7 yards per carry.
Their defense was a bright spot in Week 1.
They held a good 49ers offense to 4.9 yards per play and turned them over twice.
Finding ways to keep Fields upright and become more explosive on offense should be the keys to Chicago’s offense the rest of the season.
Can Chicago Be A Surprise Team?
The Bears are now 1-0 under new head coach Matt Eberflus.
He helped the Bears overcome the conditions to get their first win against a good team.
Also, the Bears looked disciplined on Sunday.
They committed only three penalties for 24 yards compared to 12 penalties for 99 yards for the 49ers.
Committing only a few penalties per game is a great way to have success over the long NFL season.
That's one way to celebrate a win!
— FOX Weather (@foxweather) September 12, 2022
Since the weather played a big role in their first game, will Chicago still be able to compete when it clears up?
Next week they get a great chance to show that.
The Bears head to Green Bay in Week 2 where they take on a Packers team that just got hammered by the Vikings.
Aaron Rodgers has dominated the Bears throughout his career so this will be a great chance for Chicago to show they are legit.
The Packers only scored seven points in Week 1 so they will be looking to bounce back against the Bears.
The Chicago defense was really good against the 49ers, but some of that was because of the weather.
If the Bears want to be considered a real contender they need to show up and play well in Green Bay.
This Bears team was not expected to do much this season.
But, every season there are a few surprise teams in the NFL.
If they can improve their offense explosiveness and get their best-skilled players more involved maybe a Wild Card spot could be a possibility.