Backup QBs Take Center Stage for Bears and Raiders


Summary: With starting quarterbacks Justin Fields and Jimmy Garoppolo injured, the spotlight now shines on backup QBs Tyson Bagent for the Bears and Brian Hoyer or Aidan O’Connell for the Raiders.

This Sunday’s matchup between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Chicago Bears will feature backup quarterbacks in the spotlight. The Bears’ starting QB Justin Fields suffered a thumb injury in their previous game, leading undrafted rookie Tyson Bagent to make his first career start. Bagent showed promise but also made some costly turnovers. On the other side, the Raiders’ starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo hurt his back, and although the injury isn’t too serious, it remains uncertain if he will play. If Garoppolo sits out, the Raiders will turn to either 15-year veteran Brian Hoyer or rookie Aidan O’Connell.

The Bears have struggled this season, losing 15 of their last 16 games, and they have lost 10 consecutive home games. The Raiders, meanwhile, have a better record but are dealing with their own challenges, particularly on the offensive side. Raiders’ wide receiver Davante Adams, one of the league’s top receivers, has been vocal about getting more involved in the offense. The key matchup to watch will be Raiders edge rusher Maxx Crosby against Bears rookie right tackle Darnell Wright, as the Bears have allowed 25 sacks this season. The outcome of this game will heavily rely on the performances of the backup quarterbacks and how well their respective teams can protect them.

Tags: backup QBs, Justin Fields, Tyson Bagent, Jimmy Garoppolo, Brian Hoyer, Aidan O’Connell, Bears, Raiders, Maxx Crosby, Davante Adams