NFL fans went wild after cameras captured the sideline of the Chicago Bears’ game against the Washington Commanders on Thursday night.
A person wearing a Commanders cell phone case was seen courtside behind Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy and appeared to be taking photos of his playsheet.
The Bears defeated the Commanders with a dominant performance of 40-20.
Chicago was leading 17-3 midway through the second quarter when the cameras panned to the sideline to show Getsy getting the Bears’ offense going as QB Justin Fields played one of the better games of his young career.
However, NFL viewers spotted the person in the background standing right behind Getsy, and many accused him of cheating and taking photos of the playsheet with his cell phone.
One fan proclaimed, “It’s crazy to think the commanders cheated and still lost.”
Another wrote: “This is blatant fraud and I demand the team be stripped of their draft picks for this. What about the integrity of the game, the NFL?”
A third remarked: “Yoooo he definitely zoomed in and hit the record button.”
A fourth: “If you have to chronicle the Chicago Bears’ offensive playbook, you might just want to finish your season.”
Some fans expressed that the claims of cheating were far-fetched.
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This fan said: “Great reach. You do anything for clicks. The phone isn’t pointed at that damn game sheet.”
Another suggested: “Most likely the stadium staff is doing something on their phone or doing a Snapchat, I dunno.”
And a third: “It doesn’t even look like it’s aimed at the playbook. More like on the field.”
Despite the cheating allegations, it didn’t help much as the Commanders struggled to slow down Chicago’s typically weak offense for most of the game.
Fields threw four touchdowns for 282 yards. He connected with Bears first-year receiver Dj Moore for three touchdowns for 230 receiving yards, securing their first win of the season.
The Bears face division rival Minnesota Vikings in their Week 6 game, while Washington travels to Atlanta to face the Falcons.