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The Bears may be in the basement of the NFC North with a 3-7 record, but you would never know it if you gauged the excitement level around the franchise. In fact, they may be the most exciting 3-7 team of all time. No fanbase has been starving for a high-quality quarterback more than Chicago, and it looks like they finally found the guy in Justin Fields. Not only has the second-year quarterback already established himself as one of the NFL’s best dual threats, but he has also proven to be one of the league’s most electric playmakers. As crazy as it sounds, some believe Fields could find himself in the MVP conversation if he continues on the same trajectory he has been on recently.

The notion that Fields could win MVP would have sounded ridiculous early in the season. The second-year quarterback struggled to keep his head above water behind a patchwork offensive line, and the coaching staff did not trust him enough to put the ball in his hands. He somehow only completed 34 passes (out of 67 attempts) during the team’s 2-2 start to the season. However, he seemed to turn a corner in their Week Five matchup against the Vikings when he completed a then-career-high 71.4% of his passes and looked in control of the contest from start to finish. They may not have come out with a victory, but there was no denying his progress in such a short period.

Fields and the Bears’ offense experienced another breakthrough two weeks later during a Week Seven Monday Night Football against New England. The coaching staff finally began utilizing his legs through designed runs, and their offense seemingly got unlocked in the process. He ran for 82 yards and was the catalyst to a 33-14 upset road win. While that was, unfortunately, the last taste of victory Chicago has had this year, Fields has continued to improve with each passing contest.

NFL records rarely get broken, but it is virtually unheard of for someone to set multiple records in back-to-back weeks. Nevertheless, that is exactly what Fields has done in the previous two contests. His 178 yards on the ground against Miami were the most ever for an NFL quarterback, and he followed up the performance by becoming the first player to throw for two touchdowns, rush for two more, and eclipse the 100-yard mark on the ground against the Lions. Somehow, the Bears lost both contests and became the first team in league history to drop three-straight games despite scoring at least 29 points in each of them.

Fields’ recent performances have put him amongst the league leaders in rushing (he currently ranks sixth with 749 yards). He is in the midst of the most prolific rushing season from a quarterback in NFL history and only needs to average 65 yards for the rest of the season to break Lamar Jackson’s record of 1206 yards on the ground. He has also reached the endzone with his legs in four consecutive games and is only one score away from matching Jackson’s mark of seven touchdowns from his record-breaking 2019 campaign.

While Fields deserves his flowers for what he has accomplished this season, his chances of being named league MVP are extremely low due to the Bears’ unimpressive record. Johnny Unitas (1967) and O.J. Simpson (1973) are the only players who won the award despite not making the playoffs. Likewise, defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy was the last player with a losing record to even receive a vote for the award following his breakout 1992 season. The award strictly goes to winners, and Fields simply doesn’t have enough around him to fit that characteristic yet.

If players weren’t docked for their win-loss record in MVP voting, then you could make a solid case that Fields deserves the award. One could argue that no one has ever done more with as uninspiring of a supporting cast as the one he has this year. The 23-year-old has single-handedly kept the Bears in football games and has managed to look like a generational talent while doing so. While he remains a longshot to win the award this season, he has the potential to contend for it for years to come, as is just scratching the surface of what he can become.

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