Andy Dalton to Start for Bears vs. Giants over Nick Foles with Justin Fields Injured

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVDecember 31, 2021

Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) looks to throw a pass against the Chicago Bears during an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 5 2021, in Chicago. The Cardinals won the game 33-22. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)
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Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy says Andy Dalton will start at quarterback for Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

Dalton gets the nod over Nick Foles, who started Week 16's win over the Seattle Seahawks. Starter Justin Fields remains out with an ankle injury.

Dalton will be making his fifth start of the 2021 season. He began the campaign as the starter but gave way to Fields after being injured in Week 2's win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Fields has started 10 games, with Dalton mixing back in when the rookie missed Weeks 12 and 13 with injuries. 

Injuries to Dalton and Fields paved the way for Foles last week, who responded with 250 yards and a touchdown without an interception in the Bears' 25-24 win in Seattle.

It's unclear why Dalton will get the nod over Foles this week, other than some strict adherence to a preseason depth chart. Foles' performance against the Seahawks was arguably better than any effort Dalton has put forth in what's been a wildly disappointing campaign for the Bears offense.

With Nagy likely playing out the string on his final two games as Bears coach, it's perhaps one final head-scratching decision to leave on.