NFC Notes: Bears, Lions, Packers


Bears first-round QB Justin Fields said the final touchdown drive was a statement drive for the team.

“My mindset was just like, ‘It’s time. We’re here,'” Fields said, via “You can either be the guy who always gets put in that position and doesn’t show up or you can be that guy who shows up in the big moments. So, I mean that’s what my mindset was and I was just calm and just focused on showing up.”

Bears HC Matt Nagy was impressed with how Fields finished the game.

“The big picture, for him, is great,” Nagy said. “When they kicked that field goal and went up six, there was a really, pretty neat moment on the sideline. You can feel it from the players, like, ‘OK, we fought back to get to this point where a touchdown wins it.’ Then I looked over at Justin and he had this smile on his face where it was like, it was his time. To see that, the confidence that gives you as a coach when you see that, I mean, it was like he was almost hoping that this was going to be the situation. Then for him to follow through with that and make those plays that he made, it was a really, really good feeling on that sideline. So, when you talk about the growth for him and for the offense and just our team in general, that’s a moment. That’s a moment. But, in the end, we lost and when you’re in that locker room in there, it’s a team game. That’s what our guys care about, that’s what we care about. We gotta figure it out.”


  • The Athletic’s Chris Burke takes a look at the Lions players who have proven they should get a shot to be a part of the team’s continued rebuild in 2022 and those who the team will likely move on from. As of right now, Burke says QB Jared Goff‘s contract pretty much ties him to Detroit and means he’ll be the starter next season as well. 
  • The Lions do have a few skill position players to build around, as Burke highlights RB D’Andre Swift, TE T.J. Hockenson and RB Jamaal Williams as players who have stood out. Williams and Hockenson are strong extension candidates. 
  • He adds Lions WRs Kalif Raymond and Quintez Cephus have shown enough to earn a spot to at least compete next year, even if Detroit adds multiple receivers. 
  • While the Lions would probably like to keep LB Alex Anzalone, Burke notes his pending free agent status and the play of some other players make that uncertain. 
  • Burke mentions the Lions can easily retain P Jack Fox as an exclusive rights free agent but he’s also a candidate for a multi-year extension. 
  • While the Lions probably will bring back OT Taylor Decker and DT Michael Brockers, Burke doesn’t rule out Detroit shopping either player to see what it can get in a trade. 
  • Veterans who could be on the chopping block or allowed to walk include OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai, DT Nick Williams, DE Trey Flowers, OT Tyrell Crosby, DT Da’Shawn Hand and DE Charles Harris, per Burke. 
  • Lions fourth-round WR Amon-Ra St. Brown said the coaching staff plans to utilize him more “Z” receiver in an attempt to get him more looks. (Burke)


  • Packers HC Matt LaFleur announced first-round CB Eric Stokes‘ knee issue isn’t expected to be a long-term concern: “Nothing that we’re too concerned about as far as long term.” (Matt Schneidman)
  • LaFleur said the team also isn’t too concerned about DT Kenny Clark‘s back issue, though LaFleur was unsure if Clark will be able to go on Sunday against the Seahawks. (Schneidman)
  • LaFleur said QB Aaron Rodgers and QB Jordan Love have a “real, genuine friendship” and there are no problems between them: “Aaron has done an outstanding job from Day 1 giving him nuggets all the time. He didn’t have to do it, but he definitely embraced him in that room.” (Ryan Wood)
  • Rodgers said he was proud of how Love performed on Sunday: “There were nerves going for sure. How could there not be?” (Ryan Wood
  • Rodgers added there is a “small possibility” he can’t play on Sunday. He still has one final medical checkpoint to clear. (Kimberley Martin)

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