Chicago Bears take a massive loss in first regular season game

Chase White

With the start of the NFL regular season, Chicago Bears’ fans hoped for an energetic first win. 

As many Bears’ fans may know, hope can dwindle quite quickly in the league.

The Bears franchise, who recently chose to start veteran Andy Dalton as the quarterback over rookie Justin Fields, suffered a whopping 14-34 loss against the Los Angeles Rams.

Dalton threw for 206 yards with one interception and no touchdowns. As for Fields, Chicago Bears’ fans saw a glimpse of what he may be able to produce on the field in the future. 

The rookie quarterback completed both of the two passes he threw for a total of ten yards and even rushed the ball for a touchdown. The Bears’ running back, David Montgomery, rushed for 108 yards in 16 carries with one touchdown. 

However, efforts from both of the promising Chicago Bears’ quarterbacks were not enough to keep up with Los Angeles.


Justin Fields and Andy Dalton at Bears Practice. Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated.

Justin Fields and Andy Dalton at Bears Practice. Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated.

On the other side of the field, starting Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford ended up throwing for 321 yards, three touchdown passes, and no interceptions.

Breaking the game down further, the Bears had possession of the ball for a total of 35 minutes throughout the game. The Rams only had possession of the ball for a total of 25 minutes. 

Although Chicago had more time with the ball, Los Angeles was able to bring in three more touchdowns. These touchdowns points to the sloppy Bears defense that left many fans frustrated.

“Terrible tackling. The defense can go home on a bus”, said ChicagoFresh1, a fan voicing their opinion on Twitter.

Matt Nagy, Bears’ Head Coach, also expressed his thoughts about the loss in a post-game interview:

“We know that we can improve, and our guys need to make sure they can evaluate themselves and we as coaches, too. We got to look at the tapes and see the why and the how for the explosive plays the defense gave up.”

Bears fans, who continued to voice themselves through social media, were also questioning the coach’s rare deployment of the young Justin Fields. 

“It was hard to tell how many snaps he was going to get,” Matt Nagy replied. “But once you get behind like we did, a couple scores, that’s when you get into the two-minute mode. I think that’s why he got less playing time… the times he got in there, he did well.”


Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy. Photo courtesy of Sky Sports.

Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy. Photo courtesy of Sky Sports.

With the Bears starting their season with a zero to one record, it leaves pressure on the coaching staff. In 2018, Nagy was named NFL Head Coach of the Year. Since then, the Bears have slowed down to two average eight-eight record seasons in 2019 and 2020. 

If this trend continues, not only will there be frustration with Nagy, but more and more fans will want Fields in the starting role.

As of now, Dalton will remain the starting quarterback for the Bears.

The Chicago Bears are scheduled to play the Cincinnati Bengals on September 19. It will be interesting to see how this game – and the entire season – plays out with the decision of starting Dalton. Will the Bears continue to have another average season in the NFL, or will the team find success in their situation?