The Bears have made a decision on its starting quarterback for Week 4.
The news comes a day after coach Matt Nagy declared it would be a "game-time decision" in regards to who will be QB1. Consider Saturday's announcement the end of an agonizing wait for Bears fans across the country.
Fields spent the week nursing a right thumb injury he sustained versus the Browns in Week 3 but managed to practice in full. His progress, combined with Dalton being limited throughout the week, likely led to the decision to move forward with the rookie. Third-stringer Nick Foles will again serve as Fields' backup.
After turning in an abysmal showing in his starting debut a week ago, Fields will look to bounce back versus a Lions defense that gave Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson some trouble in a narrow Week 3 loss.
Against Cleveland, Fields found himself trying to generate offense in a scheme that didn't play to his strengths behind an offensive line that is still under repair. He posted a 6-for-20, 68-yard stat line and was sacked nine times for his efforts.
On paper, the Lions' pass rush don't pose as much of a threat but that doesn't mean Sunday is going to be a walk in the park, especially for a team that is 0-3. Less than 24 hours remain until we see if the last week of preparation produces a different result (and a more favorable offensive gameplan) for Chicago in its second home game of the season.