Mitch Trubisky played a bad football game.
Even his most ardent defenders, a group in which I tentatively put myself in, cannot deny that.
He missed some open passes, threw a terribly under thrown interception, and struggled to move the ball for the middle third of the game. Describing his performance optimistically dictates admitting that he was no better than subpar.
And as it turns out, he didn’t need to be.
In spite of Trubisky’s performance, the Bears pulled out a victory over Seattle by a score of 24-17 – a score that seems closer than it is because of a touchdown in garbage time.
Chicago’s defense, specifically the front seven, was nothing short of ruthless. Khalil Mack did Khalil Mack things, strip-sacking (Seattle recovered the fumble) Seahawks QB Russell Wilson once and constantly applying pressure in Wilson’s face throughout the duration of the game. His badgering Wilson led to five more sacks for the Bears: two from Danny Trevathan, one from Aaron Lynch, one from Eddie Goldman (with Mack’s help), and even one from safety Eddie Jackson.
The Seahawks struggled to move the ball at all for most of the contest and scored their only meaningful touchdown on a beautifully thrown ball from Wilson to Tyler Lockett.
Before that, they managed but a field goal at the end of the first half from Sebastian Janikowski, a man who looks like he ordered a football uniform on eBay for his office’s Halloween party (credit for that joke goes to CBS’s week one Seahawks-Broncos announcers).
While Trubisky didn’t play well by any stretch of the word, he did flash some good things. He showcased a clear connection with Allen Robinson, improvised a beautiful lob pass to Tarik Cohen for a key first down in the second quarter, and on his second touchdown pass, he rolled to his left and threw a dime to Anthony Miller, who was not his first read on the play.
The young signal caller also had very little help from his run game as Jordan Howard struggled to get going all night. The Bears did find a working method when they ran multiple successful jet sweeps to Taylor Gabriel on their second touchdown drive. Matt Nagy did a fine job calling plays, especially in the red zone, with a nifty shovel pass to Trey Burton to open up the night.
Trubisky did enough to give the Bears the lead for the entire game, but Seattle threatened at the end. They had the ball, driving and having all the momentum when Prince Amukamara jumped in front of a curl route and took it the distance for the dagger in the hearts of the Seattle Seahawks.
Up next, Chicago will head to Arizona to take on the 0-2 Cardinals, who are a genuinely terrible football team. They hope to leave the desert with a more convincing performance from Trubisky and a record of 2-1.
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