The Chicago Bears (2-2) will take on the Las Vegas Raiders (3-1) at 3:05 p.m. Sunday as clear underdogs.
The Raiders opened as 7-point favorites, but that line disappeared quickly in early trading. As of Tuesday morning, the Bears are 5.5-point underdogs, with a few higher lines still straggling.
And the game is off the board at certain sportsbooks. We still don’t know who will start as quarterback for the Bears, which is a key factor obviously.
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Fields starting QB on Sunday
Head coach Matt Nagy announced on Wednesday morning that Justin Fields will be the starting quarterback moving forward. Andy Dalton is officially demoted, according to Nagy.
The answer would seem obvious to just about everyone but the Bears’ coaching staff. Under new play-caller Bill Lazor, Fields shined on Sunday versus the Lions, averaging 12.3 yards per pass attempt.
With the necessary caveat that it was against the Lions, Fields looked the part in a scheme catered to his strengths. He only attempted 17 passes, and he completed multiple deep balls to Darnell Mooney. Explosive plays had been lacking from the Bears’ offense.
And yet, Nagy has said that Dalton is still the starter when healthy, though he hasn’t said that since Fields’ most recent outing. But the fact that the Bears waited until Saturday to announce Fields as the starter vs. Detroit might mean they were seriously considering playing Dalton.
There is a lot to figure out between now and Sunday for Chicago personnel-wise. And that runs deeper than the QB position.
Bears injury report: David Montgomery, Akiem Hicks
The Bears lost two key players to injury in Week 4 in David Montgomery and Akiem Hicks.
Montgomery is having a career year and was having an incredible game against Detroit before going down. The third-year running back carried the ball 23 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns. It appears that Montgomery is out for four to five weeks with sprained left knee.
Backup running back Damien Williams also left the game with an injury. The Bears could be forced to start sixth-round rookie Khalil Herbert against the Raiders.
On Sunday, Lazor (successfully) leaned heavily on the run game. The Bears racked up 186 rushing yards on 39 attempts, and many of Fields’ big plays came off of play-action.
If Montgomery and Williams are both out, Chicago may have to rely more on its passing attack. Although Fields was good on Sunday, he might not be ready to carry that burden. Needless to say, it is also unfair to expect Dalton to set the world on fire against a quality foe like the Raiders.
On the other side of the ball, the Bears lost Hicks to a groin injury. We don’t know the severity yet, but based on quickly he was ruled out vs. the Lions, it seems unlikely that he’ll suit up vs. Las Vegas.
Thankfully for the Bears, Robert Quinn has become an impact player in his second season with the team. Chicago only allowed 14 points on Sunday, and the defense looks much improved from 2020 — even if not a complete wrecking ball like it was in 2018.
Can Chicago keep up with an explosive Raiders offense?
While Sunday was a nice win for the Bears, going on the road to face a talented Raiders offense is a tough spot.
Derek Carr is having a career year, and Las Vegas ranks in the top 10 of most offensive categories, including points per game and yards per play.
The Raiders are also 2-0 at home, while the Bears are 0-2 away from Soldier Field. Las Vegas isn’t anything special on defense, but if the run-heavy Bears are down their top two running backs, it would seem difficult to hang with Jon Gruden’s squad in a shootout.
Many questions loom going into Sunday’s game. And as is the norm in Chicago, all eyes are on the quarterback position.