Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields. (Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports)
The Bears helmets were the talk of Thursday Night Football as Chicago debuted orange lids that split opinions on NFL Twitter.
Chicago debuted their alternate helmets on Thursday, pairing white pants and orange tops with a bright orange helmet.
College football fans could accuse the Bears of looking a bit too much like Clemson. NFL fans couldn’t agree on whether that was good thing or a bad thing.
NFL Twitter had thoughts on the Bears helmets
The Bears are debuting their new orange alternate helmets for Thursday Night Football.
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) October 14, 2022
The new Bears helmets look great! pic.twitter.com/cwvCFCgO6D
— SB Nation (@SBNation) October 14, 2022
These bears unis 👎🏽. White helmets woulda been better
— Skywalker Steele (@SkywalkerSteele) October 14, 2022
bears orange doesn’t belong on a helmet
— dave lane (@oldwaver) October 14, 2022
These Bears helmets are nothing but bad
I’m not sitting out of Thursday Night Football because the teams are awful, I’m protesting because the Bears’ helmets and jerseys are different shades of orange.
— Patrick Felts (@patrickjfelts) October 14, 2022
I kind of like the Bears helmets? 🤷♀️
— lindsey ok (@lindseyyok) October 14, 2022
Bears helmets: cool. Bears jerseys with helmet: wack.
— taking back sunday scaries (@clintonyates) October 14, 2022
i know you’ve all been waiting for me to weigh in on the hottest topic of the day, the bears’ helmet/uniform situation
i think they’re fine, i’d probably prefer if they went with a non-orange jersey if they’re gonna wear the orange helmets but it could be worse
— katie dzwierzynski (@kdzwierzynski) October 13, 2022
Social media’s tendency to drive us to extreme positions extends to the mundane, too.
Take the Bears’ alt helmets: I don’t like them much, but they’re hardly the worst thing in the history of the world.
— Ben Fischer (@BenFischerSBJ) October 14, 2022
Color wasn’t the only storyline connected to helmets in the game.
In the first quarter, quarterback Justin Fields threw a pass off the helmet of a Commanders defensive lineman. It popped up into the air and was intercepted near the goal line.
#Bears get inside the 10, then Fields gets picked on a throw that hits off a helmet & launches 100 feet in the air… FFS
— Aaron Leming (@AaronLemingNFL) October 14, 2022
I don’t know about y’all, but I’m gonna go ahead and blame the orange uniform/helmet combo… #Bears
— Samantha Rivera (@JSamanthaRivera) October 14, 2022
Uniforms can be awesome or terrible, but how a team plays in them is what really matters. On one level, the Bears played well in the first half with Fields leading his team inside the 10 a couple of times. However, Chicago couldn’t punch the ball in. The helmet interception ended one drive. A fourth-and-inches stop ended the next.
The Bears may have lost their last two games but both were on the road tot he Giants and the Vikings. Moreover, each defeat was by just one possession. Chicago came into Thursday undefeated in their two home games this season, besting the 49ers in Week 1 and the Texans a couple of weeks later.
Back at Soldier Field for Thursday night action, the goal for the Bears was to make a statement with their helmets and their performance. The question still remains as to whether that statement is positive.
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