Who would have thought it? Well, other than, like, everybody.
Justin Fields’ second begin was fairly, fairly good. Fields went 11-of-17 passing within the Bears’ 24-14 win over the Lions on Sunday, which led to this query: What, precisely, was Chicago coach Matt Nagy ready for?
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Fields regarded a lot better ready and was on the cash together with his throws Sunday. Maybe that was a product of play-calling. Maybe that was as a result of he is actually good. He showcased a robust, correct arm and did not look frazzled within the pocket, albeit in opposition to a weak and wallowing Lions protection. The rookie additionally used his mobility to flee the frenzy and reminded individuals why he was a prime draft prospect.
Fields’ second crack at successful a begin was way more fruitful than the drubbing he and the Bears obtained by the hands of the Cleveland Myles Garretts in Week 3, when Fields was sacked 9 occasions.
Now, Nagy, normal supervisor Ryan Pace and the remainder of the Bears’ braintrust has to hope that Fields retains this up the remainder of the 2021 season — or else they will be standing on the unemployment line come January.
NFL Week 4 winners and losers
Winner: Justin Fields, Bears
Fields is, arguably, the week’s greatest winner.
He solely tried 17 passes in his second profession begin, however just a few of them stood out and they gave Chicago followers one thing to sit up for within the coming weeks as Andy Dalton nurses a knee injury.
Fields went from being verbally abused in the beginning of draft season to being bodily abused in his first begin on the sphere. Many unfair narratives surrounded the Ohio State passer. Now, presumably enjoying ticked off and with the coaching wheels off, Fields has an excellent likelihood to gentle up the NFL world over the remainder of 2021.
Loser: Davis Mills, Texans
Mills was positioned in an unimaginable scenario, and the third-round choose performed like a rookie who was approach in over his head in opposition to a really powerful Bills protection on Sunday. He threw 4 picks as he put collectively one of many worst QB performances that the NFL has seen because the extraordinarily meme-able Nathan Peterman.
Mills has a tall mountain to climb to turning into Houston’s subsequent franchise passer. Affer an honest debut vs. the Panthers in Week 3, he got here crashing again all the way down to Earth in Week 4.
His days of being a five-star recruit out of highschool are lengthy, lengthy gone. To stick within the NFL, he’ll must make rooster salad out of rooster you-know-what in Houston.
Winner: Trevon Diggs, Cowboys
Diggs had a lockdown Sunday vs. Sam Darnold and the Panthers as he continued to emerge as one of many league’s finest cowl corners. That’s super information for a Cowboys protection that has seen higher days.
The 2020 second-round choose has regarded actually, actually good early in 2021. Diggs had an 87.1 PFF protection grade getting into the Week 4 matchup vs. Carolina, and with two extra picks on Sunday he now has a league-leading 5 interceptions. He has notched a minimum of one choose in every of Dallas’ video games this season.
After fielding a porous protection final season, Dallas appears to be turning it round in Year 1 beneath Dan Quinn, and that is massive for Big D’s Super Bowl hopes in 2021.
Loser: 49ers’ QB room
Jimmy Garoppolo is damage and Trey Lance was put into motion perhaps sooner than 49ers brass would have preferred. Kyle Shanahan and the remainder of the Niners at the moment are in a precarious place.
While Lance showcased the traits that led San Francisco to deciding on him No. 3 general within the 2021 draft — massive arm, extraordinarily cell — he was additionally inaccurate and had points with completely satisfied ft whereas within the pocket in Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks.
Lance (*4*). Garoppolo believes the injury might not be that devastating, however he is anticipated to overlook just a few weeks.
As with Fields from Week 3 to Week 4, a full week of prep and an offensive plan higher suited to his talents will in all probability profit Lance tremendously subsequent week. For now, although, the Niners are hoping that throwing Lance into the deep finish of the pool will not drown him as they as soon as once more navigate early-season QB points.
Winners: Tom Brady and the Buccaneers
While the sport wasn’t the one-way affair some expected, Brady notching a win over his former staff is a little bit greater than he may let on.
It wasn’t simply the victory over the Patriots and Bill Belichick that was candy; Brady additionally made historical past in the course of the sport. He now holds the profession passing yards report over Drew Brees and he is now one among 4 quarterbacks to have crushed all 32 groups within the NFL, becoming a member of Brees, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning.
Brady was showered with cheers as he hit the GIllette Stadium discipline on Sunday night — which turned to boos as he was prepping to take his first snaps within the sport — so returning dwelling after a mysterious however supposedly unstable breakup with the Patriots and getting the win in all probability is that a lot sweeter for the GOAT.
Brady has all the time taken motivation from bizarre locations, so it would not shock anybody if he used Sunday’s victory as a springboard for his eighth Super Bowl ring.
Losers: Mac Jones and the Patriots
After falling to 1-3, the Patriots sit alongside the Jets and Dolphins within the AFC East basement. Who woulda thunk it?
Their report does and doesn’t fall on the quarterback.
It’s true that Jones is not doing a lot within the Pats’ offense proper now, however that should not be a criticism at this level in his profession. He’s a rookie quarterback, and rookie quarterbacks must develop into their roles.
With or with out Cam Newton because the starter at QB, the Patriots weren’t going to be Super Bowl contenders this yr. They may not have even been AFC East contenders with a totally wholesome squad. Building for the long run with Jones is a double-edged sword: Jones does not have Newton’s working capabilities, however he is the way forward for the staff whereas Newton is out looking for his subsequent job.
There will come a time when Jones will probably be requested to do extra. (For his sake, it ought to be when the Patriots have higher choices at extensive receiver.) But his efficiency Sunday night was completely serviceable and it stored the staff within the sport till Nick Folk doinked a kick off the upright.
The Patriots subsequently wasted a strong efficiency from him of their 19-17 loss by the hands of the dastardly Brady and the Bucs. There was in all probability nothing Belichick would have preferred greater than to get a win over the returning GOAT in Foxborough.
Jones, the Patriots and Belichick will as an alternative must settle for the L — and, in Belichick’s case, a weird hug, too.