Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears are trying to do whatever it takes to get back on track after a rough beginning to the year. However, they are in for a difficult matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.
With the quarterback controversy finally put to bed in the Windy City, Fields can relax a bit and do what he does best — play football. On the other hand, Monday’s game against a ferocious Steelers defense just got a lot more difficult after an interesting Mike Tomlin nugget appeared.
Mike Tomlin is the rookie quarterback squasher and the Steelers will look to contunue the trend against Justin Fields
That is rather impressive by Tomlin.
The Steelers head coach is one of the most successful in the NFL for a reason and hasn’t slowed down at all. At the start of the season, concerns fluttered around Pittsburgh amid a 1-3 record through the first month.
However, things have taken a massive turn in their favor. The Steelers have rattled off three straight wins against three good teams, including a victory over the Cleveland Browns at the Dawg Pound. With the AFC North being one of the most confusing divisions in recent memory, anything can happen.
With this game on tap against the Bears, Tomlin’s track record against rookie signal-callers does not bode well for Fields or Matt Nagy, who himself is on the hot seat after a shaky campaign in Chicago.
Fields needs to do his best to block out the noise, but it doesn’t help that the game is at Heinz Field, which will be full of wild, raucous Steelers faithful.
The Bears struggles are evident but Fields has flashed signs of promise
The Bears 2021 struggles are vast. But, do you remember that this team made the playoffs in 2020 with Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles rotating in at the quarterback position?
That seems like an eternity ago. This Bears’ team is 3-5. Somehow, they defeated the Cincinnati Bengals and the Las Vegas Raiders, two AFC teams pushing for playoff spots. This team is a trainwreck, and it can’t all be placed on Fields.
Fields dealt with the Andy Dalton conspiracy all offseason long and was stripped of the starting job going into the season. Then Dalton got hurt, and Nagy refused to hand Fields the keys to the car. However, after much pondering, Fields was named the full-time starter.
It has been a wild roller coaster in Chicago, and while Nagy isn’t doing anything good for the rookie, the Bears offense as a whole needs to step up and help him out. Allen Robinson has been on wanted posters everywhere for his lack of production, and tight end Cole Kmet is nowhere to be found.
David Montgomery landed on Injured Reserve but is expected to return for the Steelers game. In his absence, rookie Khalil Herbert has shouldered the load and flashed promise.
Besides that, the Bears’ offense is an absolute mess, and Fields is doing everything he can to win games.
While it is easy to blame the quarterback, Fields has impressed with eye-popping highlights week after week, although the Bears record says otherwise.
The Steelers winning trend should continue as they try to ride out Ben Roethlisberger’s final season
Long-time Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger decided to return for what is likely his final go-around in the NFL. Through the first month, he looked like a shell of himself.
But, despite the injury to JuJu Smith-Schuster, this Steelers team is picking up steam and pushing for a playoff spot. The Baltimore Ravens seem locked into the AFC North lead, but anybody can take those with three Wild Card spots, especially with the recent madness we have seen in the AFC.
With Tomlin’s recent track record against rookie quarterbacks and the Steelers in a surprising three-game winning streak, things are looking bright in November for Pittsburgh.
Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference