The Bengals have their quarterback of the future with Joe Burrow and the Chicago Bears are hoping they do as well with 2021 first-round pick Justin Fields. The two will meet up during the 2021 season and Brad Crawford of 247 Sports recapped what was said on an episode of “Path to the Draft” on NFL Network. Analyst Charles Davis said he thinks Fields will ‘best Joe Burrow’.
“Remember, Burrow is coming off of a knee injury, working his way back, but my esteemed colleague Curtis Conway made a great point about, you don’t play quarterback versus quarterback, you play against each other’s defense.
“And for Chicago thats Akeem Hicks, Khalil Mack, Roquan Smith, Jaylon Johnson, Eddie Jackson in the middle. I like Chicago’s defense to take control of that game and give Justin Fields the edge.”
The Bears are undoubtedly the more talented team heading into the 2021 season. Despite all of their quarterback issues a season ago, Chicago made it into the playoffs as the No. 7 seed while the Bengals landed a top-five draft pick. The Bears are the home team in this game and should have the edge for sure.
Will Justin Fields get the better of Joe Burrow when the Bengals play the Bears?
Honestly, this is a bit of a weird debate to have, as Burrow vs Fields isn’t even the main storyline of this game. That would be former Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton potentially facing his old team again, but then again, Dalton might not be the starting quarterback when the Bengals and Bears square off.
The Bears did look to have struck gold with their selection of Fields, however, and this is a franchise that has been searching for a franchise quarterback since the 1980s (probably longer, if we’re being honest). If Fields is under center for this one, it will be a lot of fun to see the former Ohio State quarterback square off with another former Ohio State quarterback.
Fields might have the better all-around team when these two teams meet up in the Windy City later this year but Burrow’s offensive weapons look to be better. He’ll have Ja’Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, and Joe Mixon at his disposal while Fields will have Allen Robinson, Darnell Mooney, Anthony Miller, and David Montgomery
. I’d take the Bengals’ offense over the Bears’, but we’ll have to see how Fields performs as a rookie.
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This Bengals/Bears matchup will have plenty of storylines surrounding it.