Following the bye week you would think the Bears would come out sharp on offense, looking to take advantage of an injury-plagued Packers team, which would have made things interesting late in the season for the first time in awhile. Instead the offense was very up and down, with Mitch Trubisky and the aerial attack up, while the line play and running attack were both down.
As a whole the team only put up 323 yards, which is a lot for this offense, but is not acceptable by league standards. There were a lot of factors for why the offense couldn’t do much this week. The focal point of those struggles was the offensive line. With Kyle Long being a late scratch it forced starting center Cody Whitehair to move to right guard and backup Hroniss Grasu to fill in at center. As expected with a last second makeshift line, they struggled, allowing five sacks and ten quarterback hits which eliminated a few big plays that were very much needed. In the run game there were no holes as the Packers really dominated the line of scrimmage, allowing only 55 yards on 17 carries, as Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen were a non-factor all afternoon
With no running game and constant pressure in his face, Mitch Trubisky took a major step forward in his development to becoming a franchise quarterback. He completed 21 of 35 attempts to nine different pass catchers for a career high 297 yards and a 46-yard bomb to receiver Joshua Bellamy for a touchdown.
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Throughout the whole game he made big throw after big throw, whether it was a scoring drive to respond to the Packers or big time passes under pressure in tight windows to keep the team in the game.
The biggest thing I noticed that he made major progress since his last game was his ability to keep his eyes down field and not look to run as much, which will keep him healthy and provide big plays when he scrambles out of the pocket. Overall Mitch played a good game and showed much growth, but he can’t take all of the credit for how well he played. His receivers played really well this game for the first time all year.
Receivers and more
New addition Dontrelle Inman looks like the real deal, catching six balls for 88 yards including several big third down conversions. Kendall Wright and Joshua Bellamy combined for over 100 yards and made plenty of big plays for their quarterback, securing almost everything thrown to them. Tight End Adam Shaheen flashed potential as an explosive playmaker downfield, catching the two balls thrown to him for 39 yards, adding a weapon that is much needed with the loss of Zach Miller.
Even after the disappointing loss and another offensive letdown I am pretty optimistic. Once the line gets healthy the run game will pick up immediately which will take pressure off the quarterback. The pass protection will improve as well but not by much, with it being questionable for most of the year. The most exciting thing of all is obviously Trubisky, who seems to be making everyone around him better, especially his pass catchers who are forming nice chemistry with their quarterback. I’m not saying the team is going to start winning games, but going forward the offense should be much more watchable as long as they can stop going three and out every other drive.