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The first Sunday Night Football game of the year will showcase the Bears vs. Rams. The Bears, instead of starting the rookie quarterback Justin Fields, will start Andy Dalton, the 33-year-old NFL veteran who signed with Chicago back in March after one season with the Cowboys. Dalton started nine games last season in Dallas following the injury to Dak Prescott, throwing 14 touchdowns and 8 interceptions while leading the Cowboys to a 4-5 record in his starts.

During the preseason, Bears coach Matt Nagy made it clear that it was always the teams intention to start Dalton at the beginning of the season, regardle s of the two quarterbacks performances leading into Tyler Austin Jersey  the first regular season game. They signed the veteran signal callerback in March to a one-year deal at $10.1 million and given his extensive experience as a starter  he started 133 games over  Wandy Peralta Jersey nine years with the Bengals from 2011 to 2019  Dalton certainly looks the part of yourtypical stop-gap solution while the Bears wait untilFieldsis ready to take over.

Heres more information on why Fields will not be starting Week 1.

MORE: Preseason performance

Fields, the Ohio State grad drafted by the Bears with the 11th overall pick in this year's draft, performed well this preseason, completing 30-of-49 pa ses for 276 yards. He also threw for three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Additionally, he rushed for 92 yards in his three games played.

Dalton, meanwhile, played in two preseason games, completing 13-of-21 pa ses for 164 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He only logged two drives in his first preseason game, resulting in two 3-and-outs. His second time out wasn't much better as the Bears managed just six points on seven drives to go along with three more 3-and-outs.

Nagy acknowledged this i sue butdownplayed any concern that Daltons underwhelming preseason performance would carry over into the regular season.

I understand the part of, you know, we haven't been getting first downs and there's been 3-and-outs, I get that, Nagy said . But really, when you look at play-by-play-by-play and what he's doing, he's making really good decisions.

Meanwhile, Fields won over plenty of fans during the preseason, as his jersey became Will Clark Jersey  the fourth-most sold jersey since Aug. 1, even beating out former MVP and Super Bowl champ Patrick Mahomes. Not bad for a rookie who isn't yet a starter.


Why is Justin Fields not starting?

On Aug. 24, Nagy officially announced that Dalton would be the Bears starter. Fans were surprised the coach made his decision weeks in advance before the regular season began. However, this decision didnt come as a surprise to either Dalton or Fields.

The stock for us in Andy is going to see what he does for us during the season, Nagy said. We have to see what Andy can do during the season with this team and with these guys Juan Marichal Jersey . That has been our plan this whole entire time.

Bases on Nagy's comments,there wasn't much of a decision to be made as the Bears long ago opted to take things slowly with Fields. It seems that they will give him more than a one game chance as of now, depending on what happens during their matchup against the Rams who undoubtedly would have been a difficult first opponent for the rookie.


What was Justin Fields reaction?

Fields hasnt made too many public comments about the decision, and he seems to remain positive about his place on the team.

During a pre s conference in early Aug., Fields stated that greatne s doesnt happen overnight, its a proce s.

Fields was more vocal after the Aug. 21 game against the Bills. The Chicago crowd gave Fields a standing ovation, but when Dalton ran on the field, boo's filled the stadium. Fields immediately took to defending the QB1 after  Joe Panik Jersey the game.

"I really think it's kind of disrespectful to Andy, them cheering my name out like that," Fields said . "Just cheer him on, you know? That's not helping Andy play better, to cheer my name. That's not  Buster Posey Jersey doing none of that.

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There's little doubt Fields would rather start, especially considering his place among a deep, high-profile rookie cla s.Mac Jones beat out Cam Newton for the Patriots' starting job while Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson will start immediately for the Jaguars and Jets, respectively. Like Fields, Trey Lance will not be starting in Week 1 as the 49ers take a similarly patient approach grooming him behind Jimmy Garoppolo. Despite three other rookies earning the Week 1 nod, the Bears are staying true to their plan.


"We feel really good with where Justin is at," Nagy said. "I would say for sure that for his level of where a lot of rookies are at this point in time, he pa sed that

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