Mitch Trubisky Goes from Heartache to Hero as Chicago Bears Win 27-23

By Tom Pollin

The Bears open up 1-0 for the first time since 2013

The Bears 2020 season opener was a tough and frustrating watch for three quarters. The Chicago Bears spotted the Detroit Lions to a 23-6 lead as Mitch Trubisky stumbled and fumbled like it was 2019. Trubisky had completed nine passes in 21 attempts for 106 yards and a 58.8-passer rating.

It was at that point that Trubisky turned into Super Mitch. The second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Mitch. the final four drives of the game Trubisky threw three touchdown passes, completing 12 passes in 15 attempts for 136 yards and a 144-passer rating. That and the drop of a game winning touchdown pass by Detroit’s D’Andre Swift with six seconds left gave the Bears a 27-23 comeback victory.

The lack of energy on offense began to infect the defense as the first half rolled on. The defense stopped Detroit with 1:14 remaining in the first half to give the offense a chance to take a halftime lead. One short completion and two incompletions later the Bears punted the ball back to the Lions, who shredded the defense in four plays for 48 yards to take a 13-6 lead heading into the half.

Detroit accomplished the double-tap when they took the second-half kickoff. Eight plays and 65 yards later the Lions had another touchdown and a 20-6 lead. One more Matt Prater field goal and the Bears were ready for their dramatics.

A two-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham, 1-yard touchdown throw to Javon Wims and a perfectly thrown ball that Anthony Miller pulled in for the touchdown completed the comeback and gave the Bears their first opening day victory since 2013.

Despite the frustrating first 45 minutes of the game there were some positives to take encouragement from.

The running game kept the Bears offense alive until Trubisky found the range. David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen and Cordarelle Patterson carried 24 times for 124 yards for a 5.2 yards per carry average. Matt Nagy did a great job picking the spots for each back and calling the plays that gave them the opportunity for success.

Allen Robinson did his usual stellar job at receiver, including hauling in a pass that no receiver had any business touching, let alone catching.

Anthony Miller showed great hands during the game, especially in cradling and pulling in the touchdown pass that gave the Bears the win. Also, rookie receiver Darnell Mooney showed speed that should be an asset to the Bears passing game as the season goes on. He had one reception where he drove the safety backwards then sat in the open area he created for the catch.

Then there was the man on the spot on defense. Kyle Fuller grabbed a tipped pass out of the air for the interception that set up the Bears final touchdown for the victory.

Looking Ahead

It may only be Week 1 but a victory over a division rival makes it an important win. The win also gives the Bears a great shot at going 2-0 with a winnable game coming up in Week 2 against the New York Giants.

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