As of November 16, 2023, Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields is set to return as the starter following a thumb injury that caused him to miss four games. Fields suffered the injury in a game against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6. Despite not being at 100% health, Fields has been named the starter for Week 11 by head coach Matt Eberflus.
Fields’ backup, Tyson Bagent, filled in admirably during Fields’ absence, securing a 2-2 record as a starter. Bagent led the Bears to victories against the Las Vegas Raiders and Carolina Panthers. Now that Fields is back, Bagent will return to his backup role.
There have been questions about Fields’ future with the Bears, especially considering his performance since being drafted in 2021. With the Bears potentially having two first-round draft picks in the 2024 NFL Draft, speculation is rife that they may look to move in a new direction at quarterback. Fields, however, remains focused on his role with the team, saying he is playing for his teammates and coaches and that everything else will take care of itself.
From a betting perspective, the Bears are facing a road game against the Detroit Lions, where they are currently listed as a +7.5 underdog in most sportsbooks. The Lions have an impressive 7-2 record against the spread (ATS) this season, while the Bears have struggled, going 3-5-2 ATS. With Fields as a starter this season, the Bears are 1-5 ATS, so bettors may want to consider these trends when placing their wagers.
Overall, the future for the Bears this season remains uncertain, but it will be an interesting storyline to follow, especially for those interested in NFL sports betting.