Justin Fields has had quite a few weeks. He’s been the best player on the playing field in each of the Bears’ last four games. In fact, he was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after Chicago’s 35-32 loss to the Dolphins, and he arguably deserved it again in last week’s loss to the Lions. The NFL Hall of Fae has asked for the young man’s cleats, plus Fields is being mentioned as a dark horse in the MVP race.
Fields won’t be named MVP – at least not this year – but, his Beckett rookie trading card just sold for $90,000 on Thursday at PWCC’s November Premier Auction. According to PWCC, the sale was marked as the most money ever paid for the quarterback’s card. His previous high was $19,525 which was set in May.
2021 Prizm Justin Field Black Finite 1/1 rookie card pic.twitter.com/dKZ13NuVGc
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I loved the marketing verbiage the auction house used to promote the card.
“A true 1/1 masterpiece, this BGS 8.5 example brings the kind of firepower only a talent like Fields could provide. You will not have to do too much scheming to make this card a perfect fit in your portfolio.”
It kind of has a John Facenda-like quality.
The Bears are the NFL’s top rushing team, and Fields is a big reason why. In fact, Chicago has topped 225 total yards running the football in five straight games, an NFL record. The second-year quarterback has accounted for 555 yards and leads the team in that department. Fields has 749 yards running the football on 104 carries, good for a 7.2 average. Now that Khalil Herbert is hurt, expect Luke Getsy to call even more designed runs for Fields.
The Bears have become one of the league’s more entertaining teams despite their 3-7 record. Chicago has also dropped three straight, falling from 1.5 games out of a playoff spot to the sixth-worst team in the league. Fields remains a bright spot and has played so well that Getsy is being mentioned as a potential head coach next year.
Of course, there are still seven weeks left in the 2022 season and we are a long way away from offseason turnover. That said, the Bears can call this season thanks to the progress Fields has made as a quarterback and team leader. He’s been more than just a runner, too. The young signal-caller is 88-of-141 for 1,018 yards, 10 scores, and three interceptions in his last six games. Yes, he’s more than just a running back disguised as a quarterback.
The Bears have averaged 31 points per game since losing 12-7 to the Commanders in Week 6 thanks to the arm and legs of their QB1. If only Chicago’s defense could hold its opponents to three scores or less. The Bears have surrendered 16 touchdowns in the last three games. Teams that can score at will should win most of their games. But the Bears just can’t stop anybody. They routinely make opposing quarterbacks look like first-ballot Hall of Famers.
Fields and the Bears visit Atlanta to play the Falcons on Sunday. The game marks a sort of homecoming for the emerging star. Fields grew up nearby in Kennesaw, Georgia, and his Bears are three-point ‘dogs in Sunday’s noon CT tilt.