CHICAGO — A rookie quarterback and backup working again led theto their first win at Soldier Area in 13 months.
, the 23-year-old undrafted free agent taking part in instead of an injured , led a 30-12 victory over the to grow to be the primary Bears quarterback to win his first profession begin since Craig Krenzel in 2004.
It was Chicago's first win at house since Sept. 25, 2022.
Bagent, the Division II product from Shepherd College who holds the NCAA report for profession landing passes (159), ready all week because the starter after Fields suffered a dislocated thumb in opposition to the.
The rookie accomplished 21 of 29 move makes an attempt for 162 yards and a landing (97.2 passer ranking) and rushed thrice for twenty-four yards, together with a 12-yard scramble on a second-and-11 within the third quarter to maintain a drive alive that led to a landing and a 21-3 lead. Bagent didn't flip the ball over in a clear, environment friendly efficiency — the Bears had been 8-of-13 on third down — to cement Chicago's second win of the season.
“He took what they had been giving him,” vast receivermentioned of Bagent. “He stayed inside himself, he did not exit and do nothing extraordinary and he stayed calm, collected. Did what he needed to do.”
The Bears' sport plan did not require Bagent to place the load of the workforce on his shoulders.
Seven totally different gamers caught passes, with Moore main with a team-high eight for 54 yards. Chicago generated its second highest dashing output of the season (173 yards), led by D'Onta Foreman's season-best 89 yards (5.6 yards per carry) and two dashing touchdowns.
The Bears' scoring output was aided by cornerback, who recorded two interceptions, together with a 39-yard pick-six within the fourth quarter.
“That was actually the entire thing,” coach Matt Eberflus mentioned. “We needed [Bagent] to have good rhythm, timing, good safety; do not let 98 [Raiders defensive end] wreck the sport. These had been all our keys to victory. And distribute the ball to talent gamers, and if you're capable of run the ball the best way we had been, they've to return up the road of scrimmage and in some good advantageous move conditions for us offensively. Total it was actually nice effort by the entire group.”
Foreman turned the fifth Bears participant within the final 60 seasons with two dashing touchdowns and a receiving landing in a single sport as he racked up 19 touches on Sunday, his most with Chicago.
“I assumed D'Onta performed out of his thoughts at the moment,” Bagent mentioned. “… I do know he was itching to get on the market and have a very good sport.”
Accidents in Chicago's backfield to(ankle) and (concussion) have allowed Foreman, who was inactive Weeks 2 by way of 5, to carve out an even bigger position over the past two video games.
“When he was down, after which we activated him up, he was the identical man on a regular basis, and that was fairly cool,” Eberflus mentioned. “… He knew his alternative was going to return. Final week, you understand, he needed to carry out higher and at the moment he did. So I feel he is simply bought to begin stacking performances and holding that constructive, can-do perspective like he did.”
Eberflus mentioned the workforce would consider Fields' injured thumb on Monday to see the place issues stand.
“He'll go to with the docs,” Eberflus mentioned. “I do know his spirits are nice. I do know he is achieved a fantastic job throughout the course of the week, and he did an superior job at the moment working with Tyson on the sideline, speaking to him earlier than the sport, going by way of the primary 15, right through. However when it comes to his well being, the place he's, all that, we'll know extra [Monday].”
Bagent praised Fields for his assist in making ready for the Raiders all through the week. The rookie admitted he felt nervous till he took the sphere pregame and marveled at a house crowd he dubbed “off the chain.”
When requested what number of family and friends he had in attendance for the win, Bagent joked that his paycheck would seemingly look totally different this week. The magnitude of what he achieved Sunday earned a sport ball from Eberflus and places him in rarified air because the eighth quarterback to report a win in his first Bears begin since 1970.
“I've bought a bunch of pals, a bunch of household that perceive how huge this was, simply actually in life,” Bagent mentioned. “Not lots of people get to say they began an NFL sport, not to mention win an NFL sport.”