Chicago Bears: 5 Players who need to step up in Week 5 vs Raiders

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1. The offense now belongs to Justin Fields

Fields can now feel easier. With Nagy’s surprise announcement this week, the rookie doesn’t have to look over his shoulder whenever something goes wrong. Unless the offense drops into a tailspin with him, there will be no more questions about whether Nagy will bench him again or not.

The Bears can also now focus on Fields’ development. With Lazor calling the plays, that development should be pretty quick. What we’ve seen from Fields is that he’s comfortable with Lazor.

Fields likely feels that Lazor is an ally. Lazor said that he felt Fields was ready for anything back early in the preseason. The quarterback saw how much smoother the offense was with Lazor calling plays. Lazor did a good job of moving Fields around and having him use his ability to throw accurate passes deep. Additionally, the offense used the tight ends and running backs to help the offensive line protect Fields. There were also more slants and screens called that counteract the defense’s aggressiveness.

Both Lazor and Fields are still learning about each other. Last week was a good start, but they need to get better. With more practice together, Lazor gets a better understanding of FIelds. Furthermore, being the starter from here on out gives Fields a chance to form a rapport with his receivers. We’ve seen how he and Darnell Mooney hooked up last week. Mooney had five catches for 125 yards. If we could see the same thing with Allen Robinson, this could be a very dangerous offense.

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Yes, FIeld and the Bears did well last week. Critics quickly point out that it was against the winless Lions. If they can have another good game against the 3-1 Raiders, then we might have something brewing in Chicago.