Chicago Bears lose to Cleveland Browns in QB Justin Fields' 1st career start

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Sunday, September 26, 2021
Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields runs with the ball during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins in Chicago, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021.
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CLEVELAND (WLS) -- All the anticipation for Justin Fields' first career start disappeared in a complete disaster in Cleveland with a Bears loss 26-6.

Fields was sacked nine times by an aggressive Browns defense that neither he nor the Bears offensive line appeared ready for.

"I didn't do a good enough job of getting this offense ready to go out and win a football game," said Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy. "Saying that it starts and ends with me is something that I take to heart. This is not how we wanted it to go, some can't even make it up, it's that bad."

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Nagy isn't wrong. The Bears offense could get nothing going, with them finishing with 46 rushing yards, just one passing yard and two field goals, as the fall to 1-2 on the season.

The Bears defense kept the game closer than it really was as long as they could. Robert Quinn had another strong performance, recording 1.5 of the teams five sacks on Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield.

But none of it matters in an ugly loss that has the team coming back to Chicago with more questions than answers.

"I'm literally getting goosebumps. I don't like feeling like this, so I'm just going to get back and work," said Fields, who had an x-ray on his hand after the game, but said he's fine.

While fellow quarterback Andy Dalton isn't expected to be ready for his return next week, Nagy refused to commit to a starting quarterback for week 4, when the Bears come home to host the Detroit Lions.