Bears General Manager Ryan Poles has been working to clear cap space ahead of this off-season, and Fields needs to be hitting a recent level just as help arrives in 2023.
Across the N.F.L.
49ers 22, Chargers 16: This was a game of attrition. For the primary quarter, the Chargers decided to play one of the best run defense they’ve all season, counting on five-man fronts to get the job done and hold the 49ers to a field goal. Eventually, the 49ers wore them down as they shelled out 36 carries to Christian McCaffrey, and Deebo Samuel. The run game helped unlock the entire play-action passes Jimmy Garoppolo loves, and that was that. Justin Herbert played a valiant first half despite no rushing support and limitless pressure from the 49ers’ front, but he didn’t look the identical after a shot to the top late within the second quarter and the Chargers went scoreless within the second half.
Cardinals 27, Rams 17: With Kyler Murray nursing a hamstring injury and Matthew Stafford in concussion protocol, this battle of the backups turned on other position players. Colt McCoy, the Cardinals’ No. 2 quarterback, found DeAndre Hopkins for 98 yards on 10 completions, and benefited from receiver Rondale Moore’s breakout game of nine catches for 94 yards, including one tough contested grab down the sector. The Rams’ John Wolford got here up short and Cooper Kupp went down with an apparent ankle injury within the fourth quarter.
Packers 31, Cowboys 28 (time beyond regulation): Dak Prescott (27 of 46 passing for 265 yards and three touchdowns) began the sport by throwing two picks then constructing a 14-point lead over Green Bay. However the Packers’ defense shut out the Cowboys within the fourth quarter and time beyond regulation. Christian Watson erupted for 3 touchdown catches and the Packers ended a five-game slide.
Colts 25, Raiders 20: One other 100-yard game from Davante Adams, one other Raiders loss. Jeff Saturday, the Colts’ interim head coach, reinstated Matt Ryan because the starting quarterback and leaned heavily on the run game in addition to quick passes, which worked together to negate an already weak Raiders pass-rush. The Raiders at the moment are 2-7 and Josh McDaniels’s seat is on fire.
Giants 24, Texans 16: Saquon Barkley carried the ball 35 times for 152 yards and a touchdown, giving the Giants each consistency and explosiveness. Daniel Jones delivered the ball well on just 17 attempts and located Darius Slayton for multiple plays of at the very least 30 yards, including a brief throw under pressure that Slayton took 54 yards for a rating. Houston’s Davis Mills tried his best to maintain up but saw constant pressure, taking 4 sacks.
Vikings 33, Bills 30 (time beyond regulation): Justin Jefferson’s one-handed snag within the fourth quarter to maintain the sport alive could be the catch of the season. Josh Allen fumbled for a Vikings touchdown but then led a field goal drive that sent the sport to time beyond regulation, where Minnesota responded with a 33-yard field goal. Allen marched downfield but threw an interception to Patrick Peterson ultimately zone, Peterson’s second of the sport and Allen’s third red zone pick in two weeks, to seal the Vikings’ win.