Chicago Bears: 5 Major takeaways from Thanksgiving win over Lions

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Quarterback Mitch Trubisky of the Chicago Bears
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Trubisky had his best game of the season

Trubisky has had his moments of struggle throughout this season. He is nowhere near the player he was in 2018, but he continues to battle. He’s made some mistakes but refuses to stay down. He has a great work ethic and it showed in this game.

Nagy said recently that he saw improvement coming out of Trubisky. At first look, I didn’t see it but going back and watching game film and watching this game, I can see it. It’s little by little, and he’s showing it against struggling defenses, but it’s there.

The problem with Trubisky is that we continue to see the same mistakes game after game. We saw them again in this game, but there weren’t as many. It was good to see him start fast with a touchdown, but then he reverted to the Trubisky who couldn’t get the ball into the end zone. The offense went three drives without a score until they got a field goal just before the half.

The play before the half saw Nagy as hot as I’ve seen him in his two seasons in Chicago. Trubisky scrambled on a third-and-four play and looked like he would get the first down. However, he ran sideways, looking to avoid taking a hit. Instead of getting that first down, he gained just one yard and the Bears settled for the field goal.

Then the second half happened and things changed. Trubisky got hot and completed nearly all his passes. After completing 17 of his 24 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown in the first half, he completed 12 of his 14 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns in the second half.

Yes, he threw another interception deep in the opponent’s territory, something that he continues to do. Also, after throwing just 3 interceptions in his first 8 games, he now has 4 in his last 3 games. He continued to battle, though, and kept completing key passes.

Nagy praised Trubisky after the game, per

"A lot of players made a lot of plays but today was Mitch’s day. It was his day. He did a lot of things today, in regard to making special throws at special times… We had a quarterback that stepped up and made throws and gave our guys chances and then when the chance was there to make a play, they made plays… We finally had one of those games where everything felt good for the majority of it."

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Trubisky’s 338 was his high for this season. After reaching 300 or more total yards of offense just once in their first 10 games, Trubisky has led the offense to two in a row, including eclipsing 400 yards against the Lions. Despite all of his struggles, Trubisky keeps fighting and learning. While there is noise surrounding him calling for his dismissal, he keeps working and improving.

Let’s see if it continues throughout the rest of the season.