The offense as a whole looked fantastic. Each of Fields’ first-half touchdowns were to different players. Ryan Griffin got the party started with a 22-yard touchdown reception midway through the first quarter.
Dante Pettis and Cole Kmet capped off two more efficient scoring drives in the first half. Wide receiver Isiah Coulter also had an impressive performance by reeling in all three of his targets for 61 yards.
The offense looked like a completely different team when compared to last season. Justin Fields actually played against a very similar Browns team on September 26th of last season. In that game, Fields was sacked 9 times in a 26-6 blowout.
Although it’s only a preseason game, the Bears looked vastly improved in almost every facet. This offensive explosion couldn’t have come at a better time as the regular season is just 2 weeks away.
The Chicago Bears were clicking in all areas offensively on Saturday night.
With the impressive-looking box score, the skill positions received the majority of the media attention after the Saturday night 21-20 win in Cleveland. However, the most impressive unit didn’t put any numbers on the stat sheet.
The Bears’ offensive line quietly had a fantastic outing by giving Justin Fields plenty of time to throw the football and creating holes in the run game for David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert.
Aside from Lucas Patrick, the rest of the week one projected starters played the majority of the first half and were meshing well.
From a sack standpoint, the Bears starting offensive line pitched a shutout. With Justin Fields feeling little to no pressure in the first half, he was able to show everyone why the Bears traded up for him in the 2021 draft.
The offensive line also looked solid in the run game. Statistically, the rushing numbers weren’t eye-popping but a lot of that was due to penalties negating a few big runs.
David Montgomery looked as fresh as ever, making multiple cuts behind a confident-looking offensive line. Khalil Herbert also looked solid behind the line in his limited carries. It is very clear that this new scheme is going to put the offensive line in better positions than in previous years.
The youth of this offensive line also makes this performance a little more impressive. Braxton Jones, Tevin Jenkins, and Larry Borom are all projected to start come September 11th.
None of them have ever started a full season in the NFL, yet the moment didn’t seem too big for any of them. It’s definitely a promising sign when your young offensive lineman doesn’t have any glaring issues in a whole half of play.
Obviously, there is nothing saying the offensive line will be struggle free during the 2022 regular season but it was certainly refreshing to see a performance like this from the group this close to the regular season.