The Chicago Bears are a bit of a mess this season. The team is mired at 0-4, its defensive coordinator already stepped down for unknown reasons and one of its receivers has seemingly been banished to the shadow realm.
Mired in all of that, however, was one small glimmer of hope. Quarterback Justin Fields turned in the finest game of his career during the team’s Week 4 loss to the Denver Broncos. Fields diced up the Broncos’ defense in the first half, going 16-for-17 with three passing touchdowns. His only incompletion came on a failed Hail Mary attempt to end the half.
He added to those totals in the second half, though also lost a key fumble and threw an interception on the final drive to lose the game. Still, Fields finished with his first 300-yard passing game, and threw four touchdowns in the loss.
But that performance came against a porous Broncos defense. The Washington Commanders will be a much bigger test for Fields and the Bears. Thursday should provide Fields with an opportunity to prove Week 4’s success was not a fluke. If he can succeed against a tough Commanders front, Fields will once again have Bears fans excited about his future. After a miserable start to the season, that would be a much-needed win for Chicagoans.
Follow along as Yahoo Sports provides the latest news, scores and injuries as the Bears take on the Commanders on “Thursday Night Football” in Week 5.