Happy Trubisky Day! Happy Columbus Day as well, I know my kids got the day off from school for one of the two holiday’s today. Either way, today is the day that the next era in Chicago Bears football commences when Mitch Trubisky takes the reigns as the quarterback of the future and likely the face of the franchise tonight on Monday Night Football.
As the excitement swells in anticipation of the next chapter in Bears football, we will take a stab at giving you our predictions for tonight’s Monday Night Football match-up against the Minnesota Vikings.
Austin Orlich – For the first time in what seems like an eternity, the Chicago Bears’ faithful have reason for optimism. Ryan Pace had enough conviction on Mitch Trubisky to bet all his chips on the QB out of North Carolina. Chicago finally gets its first glimpse at the future on MNF with an NFC North match-up against the Minnesota Vikings. That optimism, however, should be wrapped in caution tape.
The Vikings’ defense is tough, and they have the talent to make Aaron Rodgers look like Mike Glennon on any given night. They’re good against the run and the pass and will surely give Trubisky a few “welcome to the NFL” moments. Trubisky does add a new element to this offense, though, and his arm talent has the ability to take advantage of the speed of the wide receivers in a way that Glennon never could. That’s bound to make things easier for Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. I expect things to go back and forth between the new offensive dynamic and this tough defense.
Early word is that Sam Bradford is expected to suit up after sitting out the last three weeks with a knee injury. Bradford looked good in the early going this season carving up the Saints to the tune of 346 yards and three TD’s. But then again, it’s tough to tell the difference between the Saints defense and Swiss Cheese nowadays. It’s also tough to feel intimidated by Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon. The Bears did lose pass rusher Willie Young this week to a triceps tear and will be without their top three Inside Linebackers, but I fully expect Vic Fangio to have the defense ready to play. Expect these two units to underwhelm throughout most of the night.
The Vikings have only won two games at Soldier field dating back to 2007 and the Bears have looked good at home so far this year. Look for Trubisky to show flashes of brilliance and for the new offensive dynamic to surprise the Vikings D enough times to keep it close. The X Factor here is that John Fox is still the coach of the Chicago Bears and that means the probabilities lie against Chicago. Look for the Vikings to end their road drought against the Bears.
Prediction: Vikings 24, Bears 17
Alex Anderson – Mitch Trubisky’s debut is reason for excitement in Chicago, but playing against this stout Minnesota defense is reason to be very worried. If Sam Bradford can perform similarly to how he did in week one, the loss of Dalvin Cook shouldn’t hurt the Vikings all too much in this match-up. Bears fans will see moments that will excite them for the future, but in the present, they’re simply not a very good football team.
Prediction: Vikings 24, Bears 10
Patrick Flowers – The Vikings come into Soldier Field tonight having struggled against the Bears on the road for quite some time, winning only a pair of games in the last decade at Soldier Field. Still, the Vikings are the more formidable team of the two on paper, Boasting a staunch defensive unit complimented by some weapons in the receiving game for Sam Bradford to throw too.
The difference today is Mitch Trubisky. While I’m not saying that Mitch will carry this flawed team to the playoffs, but I am saying that he has injected this fan base with a new sense of hope and optimism since being named the starter, and you’d better bet your rear end that the same feelings have been injected into a locker room that might have otherwise been ready to mail it in after last Thursday’s shellacking in Green Bay with Mike Glennon under center.
I’m going against the grain on a day that seems like a holiday of sorts, and I’m going with the Bears on the long rest and preparation week at home on Monday Night Football over the Vikings. Welcome to the Mitch Trubisky era Bears fans!
Prediction: Bears 28, Vikings 24
Nick Petrusevski – The Vikings offense scares with Sam Bradford back, but I can’t pick against the future of the Chicago Bears franchise, I’m going with the Bears.
Prediction: Bears 24, Vikings 23
Tim Moran – In his first NFL game, Mitchell Trubisky plays some shaky football before getting settled. The Bears defense, meanwhile, struggles to defend both Stephon Diggs and Sam Bradford, and the Vikings jump out to an early lead.
Trubisky rights the ship with a couple of second-half touchdowns, but it ultimately isn’t enough as the Bears fall 24-14. Despite the loss, Bears fans are encouraged by a solid performance from Trubisky.
Prediction: Vikings 24, Bears 14