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Justin Fields by the numbers: Inside historic performance from Bears QB amidst breakout sophomore NFL season

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A franchise quarterback and the Chicago Bears don’t usually go hand in hand. Since Sid Luckman, the Bears franchise hasn’t been able to truly say – with certainty – that they have a franchise quarterback.

Justin Fields earned this recognition with his performance over the past few weeks, turning into the game changer that the Bears dreamed of when they traded to select him in the 2021 NFL Draft. Of the five quarterbacks selected with the top 15 picks in this class of 2021 draft, Fields came out of the pack as the best of this group.

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Fields showed off his superstar potential in Week 9 against the Miami Dolphins, throwing 17 of 28 passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions (106.7 rating), as well as rushing for 178 yards 15 times and scoring. Despite the Bears losing, Fields proved to the NFL that he is one of the most dynamic playmakers in the game and only scratches the surface of his potential.

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The Bears franchise has an awkward history as a quarterback, but Fields is on the verge of rewriting the narrative. In this week’s By The Numbers, let’s take a look at Fields’ historic performance in Week 9 and the Bears’ single-season quarterback records – some of which Fields looks poised to break.

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Most receiving yards in a QB game (regular season)

  1. Justin Fields – 178 (2022)
  2. Michael Vick — 173 (2002)
  3. Michael Vick — 166 (2006)
  4. Lamar Jackson — 152 (2019)
  5. Colin Kaepernick — 151 (2014)

Most yards in a game by a Bears player (since 2000)

  1. Matt Forte — 205 (2011)
  2. Anthony Thomas — 188 (2001)
  3. Justin Fields – 178 (2022)
  4. Anthony Thomas — 173 (2001)
  5. Jordan Howard – 167 (2017)

Most yards in a Bears QB game (franchise history)

  1. Justin Fields – 178 (2022)
  2. Bobby Douglas – 127 (1972)
  3. Bobby Douglas – 117 (1972)
  4. Justin Fields – 103 (2021)
  5. Bobby Douglas – 100 (1973)

Fields doesn’t have the most rushing yards in a game by a quarterback in NFL history (Colin Kaepernick holds the title as he rushed for 181 yards in the NFC Division Playoffs in 2012), but he has plenty of firsts from Sunday’s game. performance:

  • Only player in NFL history to rush for 150 yards in a game, throw three TDs and race to the TD.
  • Longest throw by a Bears quarterback (61 yards). Vince Evans ran 58 yards in 1980.
  • Longest TD passed by a Bears quarterback (61 yards), beating Bobby Douglas’ 57-yard TD in 1972.
  • First player in NFL history to score over three touchdowns and rush for over 140 yards in a game.

This performance is not just one game. Fields has thrown for 643 yards with seven touchdowns and just two interceptions in his last four games (95.6 rating) while aiming for 408 yards and three touchdowns (8.3 yards per carry). Fields is demonstrating the skill set required to be a Bears franchise quarterback as he feels more comfortable with their offense.

In just his second season, Fields approaches multiple Bears’ single-season records for quarterbacks.

Most rushing yards in a season by QB (Bears history)

  1. Bobby Douglas — 968 (1972)
  2. Justin Fields – 602 (2022)
  3. Bobby Douglas – 525 (1973)
  4. Mitchell Trubisky — 418 (2018)
  5. Justin Fields – 420 (2021)

Most passing TDs in a season (Bear History)

  1. Eric Kramer — 29 (1995)
  2. Jay Cutler – 28 (2014)
  3. Jay Cutler – 27 (2009)
  4. Sid Luckman – 24 (1947)
  5. Mitchell Trubisky — 24 (2018)

Most total touchdown in a season by QB (Bears history)

  1. Eric Kramer — 30 (1995)
  2. Jay Cutler – 30 (2014)
  3. Jay Cutler – 28 (2009)
  4. Mitchell Trubisky — 27 (2018)
  5. Johnny Lujack – 25 (1949)

Fields has played nine games this season but is close to setting the single-season pace record for a Bears quarterback. He is rushing for 1,137 yards, which not only sets the Bears franchise record for most yards by a quarterback, but also the second-most rushing quarterback in a season in league history (Lamar Jackson holds the record with 1,206 yards). . Fields only needs to average 49.8 yards per game to become the third quarterback to rush 1,000 yards in a season (Lamar Jackson, Michael Vick).

With 19 passing touchdowns this season, Fields is no closer to the Bears franchise record for passing touchdowns in a season. If Fields continues his pace from the last four games in the last eight games, he will have 14 touchdown passes in the last eight games, giving him 24 passing touchdowns for the year. This ties Luckman and Trubisky for the fourth-best season in franchise history.

Fields has just 14 touchdowns in a year and 26 in a season. That would be the fourth-most quarterback in franchise history. If Fields continues his touchdown pace in the last four games in the second half of the year, he will set a franchise record for total touchdowns at 34.

The Bears are the only franchise in NFL history not to have a 4,000-yard, 30-touchdown passer, but Fields looks poised to set both of those records with his development. Fields may only throw for 2,497 yards in 2022, but 1,127 rushing yards would give him 3,634 yards for the year.

Jay Cutler has the most yards (passing and rushing) in Bears history with 3,860. Mitchell Trubisky is second with 3,644, so Fields would be third in franchise history at the current pace.

There isn’t much to brag about as a Bears quarterback, but Fields is well on his way to rewriting the history books.


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