Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy liked the way his team responded in the week following the loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
“They practiced fast,” Nagy said. “They were finishing. But now we’ve got to do it when it counts.”
It counts at noon Sunday at Soldier Field, where fans will return for a regular-season game for the first time since the end of the 2019 season to see the Bears take on the Cincinnati Bengals.
Nagy said he knows the fan base will be impatient to see progress after the rough loss — and will be itching to see rookie quarterback Justin Fields too.
As the backup to starter Andy Dalton, Fields got five snaps in the game against the Rams and could see more this week. But it obviously would help get the crowd behind Dalton if he can make some big plays early.
“We want to be able to go out there and do good things so that we can get the crowd going,” Nagy said. “When we have them behind us we feel pretty good.”
Meanwhile, the Bears defense is looking to bounce back against second-year Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow after making several costly mistakes against the Rams.
“(It was) just making sure that we focus on little things,” cornerback Kindle Vildor said. “The stuff that we got beat on, it wasn’t like, ‘Oh, this person was just better or stuff like that.’ It was little, small fundamental things that we didn’t make sure we took care of. So we pretty much buckled in on that this whole week to get ready for Sunday.”
Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman, who sat out the opener, is listed as doubtful to play Sunday after missing practices Thursday and Friday with a knee injury.
Left tackle Jason Peters is listed as questionable after participating in practice in a limited capacity Friday for a third straight day. Peters left the Week 1 game at halftime with a quad injury.
Rookie left tackle Larry Borom on Saturday was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He suffered injury when he entered the Rams game to replace Peters. Elijah Wilkinson is the Bears’ other option at left tackle should Peters not be able to play.
Outside linebacker Robert Quinn, who was limited with a back issue Wednesday and Thursday, returned to full practice Friday and is listed as questionable.
The Bengals ruled out safety Ricardo Allen and cornerback Trae Waynes.