Trubisky Train is Full Steam Ahead
The Chicago Bears offense was stagnant in 2019. A lot went wrong at a time expectations were insurmountable for this team. The Bears limped to an 8-8 finish, and many believed quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had played his last in Chicago. His fifth-year option was declined this past offseason at a time in which fellow 2017 NFL draft sensations Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson were being paid mega deals. To make things even worse for Trubisky, Ryan Pace and the Bears front office brought in Nick Foles to compete for the starting job.
Mitchell Trubisky has overcome all of this to put up a solid 2020 campaign thus far, and his best as a Bear. The Bears are 2-0 this season with Trubisky under center, the first time Chicago has started a season 2-0 since 2013. Unlike week one’s huge fourth quarter comeback in Detroit, the Chicago offense looked in sync from the first drive. Trubisky got things going with a beautiful dime pass to runningback David Montgomery to connect for a 28-yard touchdown pass for the early 7-0 lead. The Giants first drive of the game? Robert Quinn busted onto the scene in his Bears debut with a strip-sack of Giants quarterback Daniel Jones that would be recovered by Chicago outside linebacker Khalil Mack to give the Bears excellent field position deep in New York territory.
On the same drive, Trubisky almost put up his second touchdown of the day had Anthony Miller not dropped one of his only few targets in the endzone on 3rd & 6. The Bears would be forced to settle for a field goal from Cairo Santos. Trubisky would finally put up his second touchdown later on in the second quarter when he connected with rookie receiver Darnell Mooney for a 15-yard touchdown furthering the score to 17-0 Chicago, which they would take into the half.
This would be the only scoring the Bears would do Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field, as Daniel Jones and the Giants passing attack became the story of the second half. Trubisky would fall victim to two interceptions in the second half, and I use this word choice very carefully. It is my professional opinion that these picks were at no fault of the Chicago quarterback. The first interception in the third quarter was tipped up into the air by receiver Allen Robinson and was brought in by Giants corner, Julian Love. The second interception? Allen Robinson was once again the target in the fourth quarter, but this time Robinson had a completion ripped out of his arms by Giants corner, James Bradberry. These interceptions are unfortunate because they are at no fault of Trubisky and quite frankly at no fault of Robinson either. This was just stellar defensive playmaking by what is otherwise a lame duck Giants defense.
The story of this game is that the Bears are better offensively in 2020 than they were in 2019, and the stats are there to speak for this claim. Let’s examine the first two games from 2019 and 2020 for Trubisky side by side, and I’ll even throw his 2018 Pro Bowl season in the mix for comparison as well.
Chicago Bears QB, Mitchell Trubisky: Through the First Two Weeks
2018 (@ GB, vs SEA): 50/69, 371 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
2019 (vs GB, @ DEN): 26/72, 348 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT
2020 (@ DET, vs NYG): 38/64, 432 yds, 5 TD, 2 INT
Statistically, Mitchell Trubisky is having his best start to a season as Chicago’s quarterback, and an argument can be made that he should have one more touchdown and two less interceptions in 2020. The passing attempts are down, but this is due to a more solid rushing attack in 2020 than its non-existent counterpart in 2019. Montgomery had 24 carries and 80 yards and 1 touchdown through the first two weeks of 2019, while in 2020 he has 29 carries for 146 yards and 1 touchdown.
He may not be putting up MVP numbers or have the hype surrounding him like Mahomes and Watson, but Trubisky is playing well above the level a lot of the “experts” set for him this season. The rest of the NFC North should take notice, because Chicago’s offense is back.
The Chicago Bears (2-0) will take their first trip to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia next Sunday as they visit the struggling Atlanta Falcons (0-2) for a 1pm ESST kickoff.