While most of the focus will be on quarterback Justin Fields getting injured and intercepted late in the Bears’ 27-24 loss to the Falcons on Sunday, here are three other details that stand out:
Clamoring for Claypool
New wide receiver Chase Claypool continued to have a muted role in the offense. Fields targeted him just three times, and he caught two passes for 11 yards. In three games with the Bears, Claypool has five catches for 32 yards on 11 targets.
This was the first time the Bears kept an opponent under 30 points since beating the Patriots. Safety Jaquan Brisker forced a fumble that led to a touchdown, they held the Falcons to 2 of 9 on third-down conversions and they allowed just two offensive touchdowns.
The Bears rushed for 160 yards, led by Fields at 85 and running back David Montgomery with 67 (he also had 54 as a receiver). They ran 41 times, marking their fifth game of 40 or more. They ran 40-plus times in a game just once in Matt Nagy’s tenure. It also was Fields’ fifth game this season of 80-plus yards, a number he broke one time under Nagy.