QB Mitchell Trubisky - Chicago Bears
|6-3, 209||Born: 8-20-1994||College: North Carolina||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2 (2017)|
2019 Week 1 vs GB (26 / 45 / 228 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)
Mitchell Trubisky struggled against the revamped Green Bay Packers defense in the opening game of the NFL season. He struggled throughout, with nine out of the first ten drives finishing in punts while the other was a field goal. His best success was throwing to Allen Robinson on the perimeter for two tight catches, but otherwise, he was ineffective. Trubisky threw a bad interception intended for Robinson in the end zone that he both stared down and threw off his back foot, allowing the safety to make an easy interception. He also threw multiple passes inaccurately along the sideline, forcing receivers out of bounds on catches. He was not helped, by drops from Robinson and Tarik Cohen, but Trubisky's struggles in his progressions in the pocket and his inaccuracy are his own. Things do not get easier for Trubisky in week two against a good Denver defense, but he will, fortunately, have 10 days to regroup.
2019 Week 2 vs DEN (16 / 27 / 120 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Mitchell Trubisky struggled for the second consecutive week in a win against the Denver Broncos. The Bears kept Trubisky's throws close to the vest, with Trubisky's downfield targets only coming out of necessity in a comeback attempt. Fortunately for Trubisky, he was able to step up and make a couple throws to win the game on the final drive, including a ball across the middle to an inexplicably wide-open Allen Robinson to set the Bears up for a game-winning field goal. Trubisky otherwise struggled, missing open throws and looking skittish in the pocket. Trubisky's pocket awareness was lacking as he looked indecisive and struggled with accuracy under pressure. The Bears have a championship-caliber defense, but Trubisky needs to play better than 4.4 yards per attempt for the Bears to play at a high level and to support the fantasy prospects of Allen Robinson.
2019 Week 3 vs WAS (25 / 31 / 231 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Mitchell Trubisky had a better fantasy performance against the Washington Redskins after struggling in the first two weeks. Trubisky benefitted from great field position set up by the Chicago defense and threw two red zone touchdowns Taylor Gabriel on open targets. His best threw of the night was on a scramble where he got outside of the pocket and was able to throw the ball down the field to Taylor Gabriel who made a terrific catch along the sideline for a touchdown. While the fantasy performance was better, the Bears gave Trubisky a highly schemed game plan early in the game that sought to make his throws easier than the first two weeks of the season, but he struggled with accuracy and was unable to consistently move the offense. He was inaccurate on throws throughout the night, particularly when he was under pressure. Trubisky's accuracy problems and his struggles with pressure are a continued trend that needs to be rectified for the Chicago offense to consistently move the ball in games where the offense is not gifted field position. Trubisky faces a stiff test against the Vikings on short rest in week four.
2019 Week 4 vs MIN (2 / 3 / 9 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Chicago Bears beat the Minnesota Vikings based on a strong defensive performance. Chicago lost starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to an injury on his non-throwing shoulder. Chase Daniel replaced Trubisky and kept the offense on schedule and turned to Allen Robinson as a feature element in the passing game. David Montgomery dominated the running back touches but struggled to create yards in the running game.
2019 Week 7 vs NO (34 / 54 / 251 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Mitchell Trubisky struggled mightily against the Saints. The scoreboard did not do the performance justice as the Bears returned a kick for a touchdown and scored two touchdowns late in garbage time. Trubisky was bad throughout the game. He was indecisive on throws and frequently off-target. He looked to consistently feel pressure, even when he had good protection. He had no ability to move the offense until late in the game when the Bears were down four quarters. Trubisky threw multiple balls that should have been intercepted but was lucky to have balls broken up by receivers and defenders to be out of bounds. Trubisky's stat line looked better than he played because he threw two touchdown passes deep in garbage time, one to Allen Robinson and another to Javon Wims. Trubisky is holding back a championship-caliber defense and special team unit. His job could be in danger, but Chase Daniel struggled when he last played in relief of Trubisky. He will look to bounce back against the Chargers next week.
2019 Week 8 vs LAC (23 / 35 / 253 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 10 / 0 rush)
Mitchell Trubisky started against the Chargers after a dismal performance last week. Trubisky was again a limiting element to the offense as he struggled with decision making and accuracy. The Bears tried to play close to the vest with a run centric and short passing game approach after Trubisky struggled last week but the design did not help. He was particularly weak in the red zone, including a trip where he had a snuffed out shovel pass to Cordarelle Patterson, a near interception, a batted ball, and a broken up pass, which forced the Bears to settle for a field goal despite a penalty during the sequence that placed the Bears on the one yard line for first and goal. Trubisky had another bad sequence three-play sequence in the second half where he threw an interception late to the perimeter, then missed Taylor Gabriel deep on a possible long touchdown, before losing a fumble in the pocket. Trubisky also took a couple of bad sacks, including one that knocked the Bears out of field goal range on third down. Trubisky had some success during the game, including passes across the middle to Tarik Cohen, Trey Burton, and Anthony Miller, but he continues to be too inconsistent to create consistent success for the Bears offense. Trubisky will look to rebound next week against the Eagles.
2019 Week 9 vs PHI (10 / 21 / 125 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 15 / 0 rush)
Mitchell Trubisky struggled again on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Trubisky has consistently looked skittish in the pocket this season and Sunday was no different. He repeatedly bailed on throws in the face of pressure and missed several throws as a result of the bad footwork. His success in the game came on a deep throw to Taylor Gabriel that set the Bears up in scoring position. He also had a rushing attempt in the red zone that came up just short of the end zone. Trubisky has been a season-long cap on the Chicago offense and this performance did nothing to quell calls for his benching. His performance screams of a player with zero confidence and a fear of the pocket. If he is not benched, he will face Detroit next Sunday at home.
2019 Week 10 vs DET (16 / 23 / 173 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)
Mitchell Trubisky had his best fantasy day in recent weeks against a Detroit defense that is good source of fantasy production. Trubisky threw three touchdown passes, two on corner routes to Ben Braunecker and Taylor Gabriel, and a third on a swing pass to Tarik Cohen in the red zone. While Trubisky's stat line looked better, the game was not without struggles. He continued to have a bad internal clock, taking bad sacks while overreacting in the pocket to phantom pressure. He generally accurate, throwing catchable balls, but his throws far too often do not allow his teammates to run after the catch. Trubisky is putting the Bears in purgatory because they are good enough on defense and special teams to play deep into the playoffs, but he holds the offense back to a point they cannot truly contend and plays just well enough with his back against the wall not to be benched. Trubisky will face the Rams who are likely to muster up a strong pass rush Trubisky will struggle against.
2019 Week 11 vs LAR (24 / 43 / 190 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Mitchell Trubisky was pulled from the game against the Rams on Sunday in the fourth quarter with what the broadcast said was a hip injury. Trubisky was bad throughout the game, a consistent trend in his play this season. He was inaccurate in this throws and was skittish in the pocket throughout the game. Trubisky has consistently looked like a quarterback who has lost his confidence and nerve, which continued against the Rams. He did manage a touchdown on a back-shoulder throw to Tarik Cohen but otherwise provided little fantasy value. Despite a plethora of bad throws, Trubisky's interception was not his fault as the ball was tipped into the air for an interception by his receiver. Trubisky has a good matchup next week against the Giants if he is not benched in favor of Chase Daniel.
2019 Week 12 vs NYG (25 / 41 / 278 / 1 / 2 pass, 7 / 18 / 1 rush)
Mitchell Trubisky started for the Bears after being pulled last week with a hip injury. Trubisky has struggled all season in the passing game, and Sunday was no different. His accuracy is an issue and even when his balls are caught, they are frequently off-target and hurt the ability of his receivers after the catch. His touchdown to Allen Robinson was a good example, as Robinson was wide open on a post, but Trubisky threw the ball low and behind him, forcing Robinson to adjust to the ball and break a tackle to get into the end zone on what should have been an easy score. Trubisky also ran for a touchdown in the red zone. Trubisky also missed two other throws in the red zone and was intercepted in the end zone, one of his two interceptions on the day. He was more involved in the running game with seven carries, but he is a limiting feature in the offense but performed just well enough to avoid getting benched. Trubisky will get a good matchup against the Lions on Thanksgiving Day.
2019 Week 13 vs DET (29 / 38 / 338 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)
Mitchell Trubisky had one of his better performances of the season against a Detroit defense that has struggled to stop anyone this season. Trubisky was perfect on the first drive of the game, including a touchdown to Allen Robinson on a slant in the red zone. He later hit Jesper Horsted with a touch pass over coverage in the end zone for a score and threw a go-ahead touchdown on a crossing route to David Montgomery late in the fourth quarter. Although the matchup was good, Trubisky did play well, generally making better decisions and throws than he has in recent weeks. Trubisky showed a good rapport with Anthony Miller on two deep throws along the perimeter. Trubisky's two big mistakes were a throw behind Allen Robinson on a crossing route that was intercepted and a third down scramble where he showed no willingness to risk contact and instead ran laterally giving up the chance for a first down. Trubisky will face a Cowboys defense that was beaten up by the Bills on Thanksgiving.
2019 Week 14 vs DAL (23 / 31 / 244 / 3 / 1 pass, 10 / 63 / 1 rush)
Mitchell Trubisky had one of the best days of his career on Thursday night against the Cowboys. Trubisky played well and benefitted from a poor defensive performance by the Cowboys. Trubisky was successful last season running the football but he has rarely run this season and when he has, he looked tentative. That all changed against the Cowboys. Trubisky ran with confidence including three scrambles for third down conversions in addition to a zone read keeper for a touchdown where he ran aggressively through contact. Trubisky also threw three touchdowns, including two to Allen Robinson and a third to Anthony Miller on a screen pass. Trubisky did throw a bad interception on the first offensive drive of the game, but bounced back with a strong performance, which is notable as Trubisky has lacked confidence this season. He will get a good matchup against the Packers in week 15.
2019 Week 15 vs GB (29 / 53 / 334 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 29 / 0 rush)
Mitchell Trubisky struggled against the Packers in a loss on Sunday. Trubisky took a couple of bad sacks and missed numerous throws with bad footwork which held back the Chicago offense. Trubisky threw two interceptions. The first one was a Hail Mary at the end of the first half and the second was a short throw that was intercepted by a defensive lineman at the line of scrimmage. Trubisky threw a touchdown pass to Anthony Miller near the goal line on a slant route to buoy his final stat line. Trubisky did run four times and was decisive when he chose to run and nearly completed a prayer pass to Riley Ridley in the back of the end zone at the end of the game that could have made his day better. Trubisky should get a high-volume passing game next week against the Chiefs.
2019 Week 16 vs KC (18 / 34 / 157 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / 20 / 0 rush)
Mitchell Trubisky struggled at home in a loss to the Chiefs on Sunday night. Trubisky ran frequently early in the game, including four attempts on the first drive of the game, but failed to get into a rhythm throwing the ball. Trubisky's struggles were not all his own fault, as he was sacked three times and had a handful of balls dropped. Yet, Trubisky too frequently threw the ball beneath the yard to gain on third down and struggled with accuracy. Trubisky will face the Vikings on the road in week 17.
2019 Week 17 vs MIN (26 / 37 / 207 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Mitchell Trubisky was a limiting element in the Chicago Bears offense against the Vikings on Sunday. Trubisky rarely stretched the field vertically and too frequently threw balls beneath the sticks on third down, including on the first drive of the game which was 12 plays and 69 yards and was halted when Trubisky threw a ball on third down well short of the line to gain with little opportunity for a first down. Trubisky then took a sack on third and goal on the next drive. The Bears established the run well in the second half but turned again to Trubisky who subsequently fumbled on consecutive plays, with the second fumble recovered by the Vikings and setting up a score. Trubisky struggled throughout the season and will need to take a step forward in the offseason or risk losing his job next season.
2018 Week 1 vs GB (23 / 35 / 171 / 0 / 0 pass, 7 / 32 / 1 rush)
Trubisky averaged just 4.9 yards per completion in this game often checking the ball down or taking the safe completion trying to get his guys into space. Trubisky completed 9 of his 23 completions behind the line of scrimmage and 18 of his 23 completions behind the line of scrimmage or within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. When he did throw deep, he threw two beautiful balls to Taylor Gabriel on the first drive on a deep out, and Allen Robinson in contested coverage on a ball that was placed perfectly. Outside of those two throws, however, he overthrew the ball on the deep routes missing some open receivers. Trubisky did show nice mobility including a six-yard scramble for a touchdown on a play that was breaking down in the first drive.
2018 Week 2 vs SEA (25 / 34 / 200 / 2 / 2 pass, 5 / 24 / 0 rush)
Trubisky started slowly in this game as he had two interceptions in the first half one of which was tipped at the line of scrimmage and the other was a one on one deep ball to Allen Robinson that Trubisky left woefully short for an easy interception. Trubisky should have had a third in the first half in the Red Zone as he escaped what should have been an easy sack and then threw it up to the end zone where there were three Seahawks players closest to the ball. If not for some miscommunication on the Seahawks part it easily could have been a third interception. After some early game struggles, the Bears utilized Trubisky on the run more often which he seems to be more comfortable with as he hit Anthony Miller on a rollout touchdown highlighting his ability to throw accurately on the move.
2018 Week 3 vs ARI (24 / 35 / 220 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
This was not a pretty game for Trubisky, but that has been the theme thus far this season. He is doing just enough to keep his team in the game and their elite defense has pushed them over the top. Trubisky did not throw a touchdown this week but did throw an interception around mid-field with about a minute left in the first half. He started down Benny Cunningham and it was an easy read for Tre Boston to step in front of the pass. Trubisky did find Allen Robinson on a 39-yard pass deep down the right sideline. This helped setup an eventual 1-yard touchdown plunge by Jordan Howard. Trubisky had one other nice pass to Try Burton. The 25-yard pass to Burton helped setup the first field goal of the day for the Bears. Trubisky put Chicago behind the 8 ball this week and almost made the deficit too big to mount the comeback. He should be thankful that his defense created 4 turnovers and gave them the chance to win the game.
2018 Week 4 vs TB (19 / 26 / 354 / 6 / 0 pass, 3 / 53 / 0 rush)
After hearing about nothing but Ryan Fitzpatrick and the uncertain quarterback situation in Tampa, all Trubisky did was go out and set a career high in touchdown passes. He lit up a Tampa defense that had done a good job hiding its holes to this point. His first touchdown was a 39-yard bomb to Trey Burton deep down the right sideline. The ball was thrown in a perfect spot for a sliding Burton and it gave no chance for any deep coverage to come over and make a play. Trubisky benefitted from Burton's coverage falling down but at least he saw the wide open tight end this time. The second touchdown was another well-placed ball to Allen Robinson. After a hard cut in, Robinson ran towards the back corner of the end zone and caught a well thrown fade for 14 yards. The third touchdown was about as easy as they come to Tarik Cohen. A simple wheel route up the seam was left wide open after the slot receiver cleared the linebacker out on a crossing route. Cohen was never touched on the 9-yard score. The 4th touchdown was a well-placed ball to Josh Bellamy down the left sideline. Bellamy found the soft spot in the zone and Trubisky put the ball right on him for another easy touchdown. The 5th and 6th touchdowns came to Taylor Gabriel. The first was a shovel pass to Gabriel in motion and he took it off the corner for the score. The Bears had lined up in a power bunch set and Tampa was caught off guard when the ball went to the outside. The final touchdown was an absolute dart throw to Gabriel on a quick out for the final touchdown. Trubisky also carried the ball and tied for the team lead in rushing yards this week. He had a 26-yard designed run off the edge that helped setup his 5th touchdown pass to Gabriel. With all of the weapons the Bears went out to get for Trubisky he should be able to have games like this. With a Bye week they should be able to put together a solid game plan for the Dolphins in week 6.
2018 Week 6 vs MIA (22 / 31 / 316 / 3 / 1 pass, 8 / 47 / 0 rush)
For most of the season, the story for Trubisky has been that he has excelled at the scripted plays early in the game but struggled as the game progressed. This week was the exact opposite, as the offense was largely stagnant in the first half as they did not score a point, but Trubisky came out and made tremendous adjustments in the second half as he threw for 230 yards in the second half as the offensive line played tremendously giving Trubisky significant amount of time to throw and the speed of the receivers in Cohen and Taylor Gabriel. Trubisky threw two beautiful deep balls which has been something that he has struggled with this season
2018 Week 7 vs NE (26 / 50 / 333 / 2 / 2 pass, 6 / 81 / 1 rush)
The deep ball struggles for Trubisky came back after playing very well the last two weeks. Trubisky completed 2 of his 13 passes longer than 15 yards and two of those passes were intercepted. Trubisky made up for this however as he threw the ball 50 times this week as the Patriots were essentially daring the Bears to throw by loading the box. Trubisky made up for his inefficiencies as a passer with his legs as he ran for a touchdown in which he ran sideline to sideline for an 8-yard rushing touchdown and also included a 39-yard rushing play in which he scrambled and had great downfield blocking.
2018 Week 8 vs NYJ (16 / 29 / 220 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 51 / 0 rush)
Trubisky had an inconsistent day through the air as the Bears struggled to consistently move the ball against this Jets secondary. Trubiskyís issues with the deep balls continued to show this week as he completed just three of his ten passes more than ten yards downfield. Two of the three deep ball passes that he completed were to Anthony Miller one on a seam route over the middle in which Miller took a big shot due to the ball being underthrown and the other was on a five-yard touchdown pass at the back of the end zone in which Miller made a fantastic play with a defender all over him for the touchdown reception. Trubisky continues to bring most of his value as a mobile quarterback extending plays and bringing the fear of running the ball as he tucked the ball and ran several times in this game which continues to put additional stress on the defense.
2018 Week 9 vs BUF (12 / 20 / 135 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
It's difficult to evaluate Trubisky this week as he only threw the ball 20 times in this game. Trubisky struggles with the deep ball continued in this game however as he badly overthrew Trey Burton by at least ten yards that was an easy interception for Tre'Davious White. The one strength of Trubisky's game continues to be in the Red Zone particularly with the run-pass option which he was able to run for perfection on an easy touchdown to Trey Burton. Trubisky limited his mobility in this game as he only ran once as there really was no point as the Bears were up 28-0.
2018 Week 10 vs DET (23 / 30 / 355 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 18 / 1 rush)
If you've been reading these on a weekly basis, you know that Trubisky this season has struggled with the deep throws. While he wasn't perfect this week, he was much improved completing 7/13 passes longer than 15 yards and had receivers who were wide open for most of this game. The Bears throws this week deep were over the middle more than they had been in previous weeks using the post routes, slants and in routes. The offensive line was a huge credit to the success Trubisky had as they gave him significant time and clean pockets which made it much easier for the Bears quarterback this week. Trubisky continued to show off his mobility as he added a rushing touchdown in this game on a designed quarterback draw inside the five-yard line.
2018 Week 11 vs MIN (20 / 31 / 165 / 1 / 2 pass, 10 / 43 / 0 rush)
Trubisky looked dominant in the first half mostly with his legs as he extended plays beautifully and was able to throw on the run. He creates such a difficult matchup when he extends plays and forces the defense to choose between running or passing and with the speed of the receiver of the Bears it is almost impossible to stop. After succeeding last week with the deep ball, Trubisky struggled once again with his deep accuracy and decision making as he made a very poor decision to throw into blanket coverage as three players were surrounding Taylor Gabriel who is not going to win many jump balls and then badly overthrew a pass in the third quarter. On the day Trubisky was 19 of 25 on throws shorter than 15 yards and 1 of 6 with 2 interceptions on throws 15 yards or longer. Trubisky's one completion was on the run in which he underthrew it intentionally and Anthony Miller made a tremendous diving catch.
2018 Week 14 vs LAR (16 / 30 / 110 / 1 / 3 pass, 6 / 23 / 0 rush)
Mitchell struggled in this game as he never looked comfortable. Trubisky completed just 53% of his passes and threw three interceptions in which two of the passes sailed on him over his receivers hands and the other interception was a play in which he starred down Taylor Gabriel and Nickell Robey-Coleman jumped the route. The deep ball issues for Trubisky continued this week as he completed just one of ten passes this week longer than 10 yards and his two longest passes were intercepted. This is the second time that Trubisky has had more interceptions than completions longer than 10 yards on the season.
2018 Week 15 vs GB (20 / 28 / 235 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)
The game plan for the Bears for much of this game was to throw short passes and run the ball as Trubisky had thrown for five interceptions over his last two games. Trubisky played a game manager type role in this game and played it well as the Bears moved the ball efficiently through the air. By not taking as many deep throws as what we have seen in the past, Trubisky was able to find more open receivers downfield when they did throw vertically as he found Trey Burton wide open in the end zone for a 13-yard pass which was his only downfield completion longer than 10 yards. This could be a sign of things to come as Trubisky has simply been too inconsistent throwing longer than 10 yards and has struggled all year throwing more than 15 yards downfield.
2018 Week 16 vs SF (25 / 29 / 246 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 3 / 0 rush)
Trubisky is starting to adapt his game to this offense, no longer is he throwing the deep balls, but instead taking what the defense gives him witch check downs and underneath routes. Trubisky threw only six passes longer than 10 yards in this game while completing three of them. Trubisky did complete a 43-yard pass to Allen Robinson, Robinson made a tremendous diving catch to prevent the ball from being overthrown. The one area we have not seen recently is the running game from Trubisky as he is staying within the pocket more since coming back from the injury that kept him out two games earlier this season. The best play Trubisky made was in the second quarter on a play that the pocket broke down, and he scrambled outside to find Taquon Mizzell on the sideline to stay in bounds on a perfect throw for 26-yards.
2018 Week 17 vs MIN (18 / 26 / 163 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)
With no Allen Robinson and with Taylor Gabriel leaving the game early with a rib injury, the Bears were comfortable after they established an early lead to throw the ball only when they absolutely needed to. Outside of a 40-yard throw to a perfectly thrown ball to Taylor Gabriel that got the Bears down to the half-yard line, the Bears did not move the ball through the air in this game leaning on check down and underneath routes to Javon Wims, and Trey Burton to move the chains when they had a third and long. A bigger concern is the lack of mobility for Trubisky as prior to his injury mid-season he was running the ball seemingly at will, but he has been very reluctant to pull the ball down and run since the injury.
2018 Week 18 vs PHI (26 / 43 / 303 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 9 / 0 rush)
The inconsistency with Trubisky continued in this game and while his overall stat line looked fine, third downs for Trubisky were drive killers in this game as when the Bears dropped back to throw the ball they were just 3 of 13 completing third downs in this game. It was not all bad from Trubisky however, as he hit Allen Robinson on a 45-yard pass on a double move in which Trubisky pump-faked at the perfect time to get the defender to bite on the double move. He later made one of the best throws he has made all season on a 22-yard throw along the sidelines to Robinson for a touchdown in which Trubisky had to throw a perfect ball on the wheel route between the defender and the sideline.
2017 Week 5 vs MIN (12 / 25 / 128 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 22 / 0 rush)
Mitchell Trubisky did little to impress in his first start as a member of the Chicago Bears. The rookie quarterback completed 12-of-25 passes for 128 yards with one touchdown, one interception and one fumble lost. The game plan clearly was designed to move Trubisky outside the pocket, which is a great strategy for a rookie quarterback who moves well and throws well on the run. It simply did not work out as planned. It was clear, at least Monday night, that this rookie quarterback will not be able to carry the Bears grouping of below-average receivers. Now, it wasn't all bad for Trubisky. He did make some very nice throws. He also did a great job of recognizing pressure in the pocket as he only was sacked one time by the tough Minnesota defense. The biggest key to success for Trubisky will be limiting turnovers. He's already at such a disadvantage with his personnel grouping that he cannot afford to make drive-halting mistakes. This happened twice Monday night against the Vikings, in a game that the Bears could -- and possibly should -- have won.
2017 Week 6 vs BAL (8 / 16 / 113 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 32 / 0 rush)
Mitchell Trubisky only needed two attempts to secure his first NFL win. Trubisky led the Bears to a 27-24 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens. The rookie quarterback completed 8-of-16 passes for 113 yards with one touchdown and one fumble lost. The Bears played nearly 68 minutes of football Sunday. Aside from one really good pass -- one that happened to result in a beautiful touchdown to Dion Sims -- Trubisky really wasn't asked to do a whole lot. His touchdown pass, though, pretty impressive. Rolling to his right, Trubisky perfectly threaded the ball over a defender and into the hands of a falling Sims. The touchdown came at the perfect time as the down and distance was 3rd and 7 and the touchdown made it a two-score game late-ish in the third quarter. Ahead much of the game, the Bears clearly wanted to run the ball down the Ravens' throat as Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen combined for 50 carries and 199 yards. Howard is a workhorse. As long as he's healthy, the coaching staff is going to play ground-and-pound football until Trubisky finds himself more comfortable under center. Continued success from the running game really will be the best thing for Trubisky's development as the season progresses. For now, don't expect much from the rookie in the statistics department.
2017 Week 7 vs CAR (4 / 7 / 107 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 3 / 0 rush)
The Chicago Bears defense gave Mitchell Trubisky an early lead Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Two defensive touchdowns by Eddie Jackson completely changed the game plan for Trubisky and the offense. Trubisky only attempted seven passes in the 17-3 win over the Panthers. He completed 4 of 7 for 107 yards. The offense as a whole only gained five first downs, two of which came on the final drive of the game. Few chances were taken. The one play Trubisky made that stands out is a 70-yard completion to Tarik Cohen. The rookie running back lined up out wide and beat his coverage over the top where Trubisky nicely threaded the needle. It easily was the best downfield completion the Bears have gained this season. Chicago travels to New Orleans next Sunday to face the high-powered Saints offense. As good as this Bears defense has looked over the past few weeks, the Saints offense is as good if not much better. All that means is Trubisky likely will be called upon to do more than throw the ball seven times. Maybe we'll finally see the Bears unleash the kid who they believe to be the quarterback for the next 10 years.
2017 Week 8 vs NO (14 / 32 / 164 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 53 / 0 rush)
Considering Mitchell Trubisky very much is a work in progress. Coming off a victorious effort in which he only attempted seven passes, Trubisky failed to spark the offense in Sunday's 20-12 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Trubisky completed 18-of-32 passes for 164 yards and an interception. The Saints more than doubled the Bears in terms of yards gained per pass attempt, 9.5 to 4.4. Trubisky made a few great throws, one over the middle to an in-stride Kendall Wright and another to Zach Miller in the end zone, which clearly should have been a touchdown but was overturned after review for reasons unknown to anyone. The bad, however, still outweighs the good. Until the rookie quarterback more efficiently can move the offense down the field, the skill position guys around him will continue to struggle in the production department.
2017 Week 10 vs GB (21 / 35 / 297 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The rookie quarterback still should not be anywhere on your radar for fantasy purposes, but he's moving in the right direction. Mitchell Trubisky played his best game as a pro in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He completed 21 of 35 passes for 297 yards and one touchdown. Arguably the best play Trubisky made all day was a near touchdown that was overturned into a touchback. A very strange play it was. Coach John Fox thought Benny Cunningham got into the end zone, but Fox failed to notice that Cunningham lost control of the ball before he and the ball hit the pylon. The play came on a play-action boot to the left, where Cunningham left the backfield to get in position for a screen pass up the right side. Trubisky did a great job of pulling the defense to the left, leaving Cunningham open for a catch and run. Moving on ... Six first half penalty flags did not help his cause, neither did the five times he was sacked. Trubisky only will be able to do so much as quarterback of *this* team. The biggest area of improvement for Trubisky needs to be in instances when the defense drops seven guys into coverage. Four of the five sacks that occurred against Green Bay came when the Packers sent four or fewer rushers. Let that settle in for a second. One thing to watch as we move forward, the on-field relationship of Trubisky and newly acquired wide receiver Dontrelle Inman. The pair hooked up six times for 88 yards in Sunday's loss. Inman gives Trubisky a tool he didn't have a few weeks ago.
2017 Week 11 vs DET (18 / 30 / 179 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 53 / 0 rush)
Trubisky was off on his first throw of the game to Tarik Cohen, but got dialed in after that, converting a third and long and using his whole array of receivers. Trubisky was used more as a runner on read options and looked like a threat to do more than get short gains. He was patient on a red zone throw to Adam Shaheen and also led Shaheen well on the short touchdown pass. He was too low on a pass to Benny Cunningham at the goal line and again later on a pass to Daniel Brown on third down. Trubisky also seemed to react poorly to pressure the few times the Lions were able to generate it without Ziggy Ansah. Trubisky's other bad moment in this one was a bobbled snap that was returned for a score to turn the tide of the game after a hot start for the Bears. Trubisky demonstrated good field vision in the fourth quarter on a touchdown drive to tie the game, and his scrambling ability converted a fourth and long late. He hit Dontrelle Inman to set up a game-tying field goal attempt that was missed and cost Connor Barth his job.
2017 Week 12 vs PHI (17 / 33 / 147 / 0 / 2 pass, 4 / 12 / 0 rush)
Trubisky was clearly going to be in for a long day, with an interception that was fumbled back to the Bears on the second drive and zero first downs in the first half. Penalties and an ineffective running game were not helping matters, giving Trubisky terrible down and distances to convert against a rabid home crowd and defensive line. He opened the second half with some effective passing on third and long, converting twice, and setting up the team for a field goal. After two more three and outs, the game was decided, and Trubisky had some success against a prevent defense, but one garbage time drive ended with an interception and the other with a failed fourth down attempt. It was as bad as the box score looked for Trubisky in this forgettable game.
2017 Week 13 vs SF (12 / 15 / 102 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 19 / 0 rush)
Eight games into the Mitchell Trubisky era and we still don't know if the kid is any good. Trubisky, statistically speaking, had his best game of the season in Sunday's 15-14 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Trubisky completed 12 of 15 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown and zero turnovers. Trubisky's touchdown pass came on a bullet throw to Dontrelle Inman who was crossing the back of the end zone. According to the TV broadcast, Trubisky and Inman had been practicing that route/play all week long, so to see Trubisky execute gives reason for promise. The problems he's been having all season still are the same problems he's been facing all season -- inconsistent footwork and an inability to feel defensive pressure. Maybe this is why John Fox thought it was best to not let San Francisco score late in the game, on a drive that certainly was going to end in game-changing points. Instead, Fox elected to continue playing defense because he "liked the field goal block" play they had ready on the sideline. When you have a rookie quarterback on a bad football team who is in need of every possible NFL experience he can experience in year one, you let the opposing team score and challenge your No. 2 overall pick to lead his team down the field for the win. Clearly the coaching staff has little faith in Trubisky's ability to lead his team on a game-winning drive or else Fox would have made the common-sense decision. Trubisky is not fantasy relevant in any format that isn't dynasty related.
2017 Week 14 vs CIN (25 / 32 / 271 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 1 rush)
The coaching staff finally took the governor off its rookie starting quarterback. Mitchell Trubisky led the Bears to a somewhat jarring 33-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Trubisky completed 25-of-32 passes for 271 yards and one touchdown and zero turnovers. It easily was his most complete game of the season. Trubisky corrected many of the issues that had been plaguing him un until Sunday -- poor footwork that leads to poor accuracy and a lack of awareness in the pocket. Neither of these issues popped up in Sunday's win as he completed 78 percent of his passes and made some confidence-laced throws on critical third downs. Potentially the best part of Sunday's box score for Trubisky is the zero turnovers. It'll be difficult for Trubisky to replicate this effort against better, less-injury depleted teams. The Bengals were without a handful of starters in the defensive backfield, which allowed the Bears coaching staff to develop a more aggressive game plan. The key for Trubisky moving forward will be volume of plays. Keep an eye of total offensive plays as the season winds down.
2017 Week 15 vs DET (31 / 46 / 314 / 1 / 3 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Trubisky didn't get the Bears into the Lions side of the field until the two-minute warning of the first half. A struggling running game set him up in lots of third and longs and the team's field goal was set up by a turnover, not offensive production. Trubisky threw a pick to open the second half and then threw another pick when the Bears were knocking on the door to open the fourth quarter. He led a long drive in garbage time and leaned on Kendall Wright and Josh Bellamy, capping it with a toss to Benny Cunningham, but threw his third pick to end any chance the Bears had to be a back door cover.
2017 Week 16 vs CLE (14 / 23 / 193 / 0 / 0 pass, 7 / 44 / 1 rush)
Mitchell Trubisky completed 14 of 23 passes for 193 yards in Sunday's 20-3 win over the Cleveland Browns. The performance arguably was his most complete of the season as he completed 61 percent of his passes, rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown on seven carries and did not turnover the ball. Trubisky's improvement over the past few weeks has been noticeable. On multiple occasions against the Browns, while facing pressure, Trubisky made the right decisions to not make poor throws into coverage; instead he ran the ball seven times and also threw it away a few times. His ability to move in the pocket is what made him successful in the win over Cleveland. The offensive even called to quarterback draws inside the red zone, which demonstrates the amount of confidence this coaching staff has in his ability to run with the football.
2017 Week 17 vs MIN (20 / 36 / 178 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
The Bears couldn't even get out of their own side of the field with Trubisky at the helm in the first half. The running game and penalties often set him up in third and longs against the tough Vikings defense. He also had an intentional grounding in the end zone for a safety late in the second quarter to cap the half of ineffectiveness. In the fourth quarter, they finally broke into Minnesota territory with a Josh Bellamy end around, and then a long catch and run by Bellamy put them in a first and goal at the six, only for Trubisky to throw four straight incompletions. A nice throw to Dontrelle Inman got them back into Minnesota territory, but a penalty forced them to settle for a field goal. One last drive deep into Minnesota territory resulted in a first and goal at the two, but Trubisky couldn't get them in with three straight pass attempts from point blank.