Is David Fales the best option for the Chicago Bears against the Oakland Raiders?

David Fales

It's been an interesting week for the Chicago Bears. A humiliating 26-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks this past weekend dropped their record to 0-3, and with the surprising 2-1 Oakland Raiders coming to town on Sunday, things aren't looking up. 

Plenty of questions

The defense has given up an average of 35 points in the first three games, and will be stretched thin after the Bears dealt defensive end Jared Allen to the Carolina Panthers and linebacker Jon Bostic to the New England Patriots earlier this week. 

That leaves the offense to pick up the slack, but the question surrounding the Bears this week is who's going to be under center?


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Jay Cutler's status for Sunday's game is still unknown, as he may still be feeling the effects from the hamstring injury he suffered in Week two's loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Since replacing Cutler, backup Jimmy Clausen has completed 23 of 40 passes for 184 yards, zero touchdowns, an interception, and a dismal 8.9 QBR, which certainly is nothing for Chicago Bears fans to get excited about. Enter the next option: David Fales.

Who is David Fales?

David Fales was drafted by the Bears in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of San Jose State University.

He spent the majority of the 2014 NFL season on the Bears' practice squad and was actually waived from the team on September 13, before being signed back to the practice squad on September 15. He was elevated to the main roster last week following the Cutler injury.

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The most NFL experience he has was during the final game of the preseason this year, starting the finale against the Cleveland Browns and playing the majority of the game.

Fales completed 14 of 18 passes for 131 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions in a 24-0 win. Sure, it's only a preseason game, but it's better than what fans of the Bears have been given thus far in the young 2015 campaign.

While head coach John Fox admits that he hasn't worked that much with Fales, when asked on Monday if he'd thought about starting Fales against Oakland on Sunday, he responded, according to the Bears' official website:

"[I] would consider starting anybody on the 53-man roster. That's why they're here."

Obviously, if Jay Cutler is ready to go come Sunday afternoon, both Clausen and Fales will be watching No. 6 from the sidelines, but if not, is it time for the Bears to try something new?

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