At this level, each recreation the Chicago Bears play in opposition to both the Houston Texans or the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs supplies one other excuse to revisit the 2017 NFL draft. To be extra particular, they’re alternatives to mock the Bears for choosing quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the second choose, one thing which allowed the Chiefs and Texans to pick out the vastly superior Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson at Nos 10 and 12 respectively. This Sunday, at the least, Trubisky was the one laughing, placing collectively one of many best performances of his Bears profession on the expense of Watson and the Texans. Now the query is: will Trubisky’s spectacular recreation be an indication of issues to return or was it only a statistical blip?
To say that no one expects a lot from Trubisky is an understatement. The Bears lastly gave up on Trubisky as their starter earlier this season, changing him with Nick Foles. Nevertheless, Foles injured his hip in opposition to the Minnesota Vikings, paving the best way for Trubisky to steer a crew that had already publicly misplaced confidence in him. The Bears haven’t precisely been world-beaters with both quarterback, as they have been coming off a six-game shedding streak heading into the sport in opposition to Houston.
For at the least at some point, Trubisky quieted his many doubters. He handed for 267 yards in opposition to the Texans’ protection, throwing for 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. He vastly outperformed Watson, who may barely keep upright – he was sacked six occasions within the recreation – and tossed a single landing that was the whole thing of Houston’s scoring. The Bears thrashed the Texans 36-7, enhancing their document to 6-7 and holding alive their slim playoff hopes. Trubisky’s passer ranking for the sport? That will be 126.7.
The enjoyable story right here could be that Trubisky put up eye-popping numbers as a result of he was motivated to show his many critics flawed. And, sure, it might solely be human nature if Trubisky felt a certain quantity of satisfaction in outplaying – by fairly a bit – a quarterback that Bears followers want had been drafted over him. On the very least, he will probably be completely satisfied to get per week free from criticism.
The reality is that, because the Chicago Solar Occasions’s Jason Lieser identified in his post-game evaluation, the important thing takeaway from the Bears’ blowout win is that this 12 months’s Texans, who fell to 4-9 with the loss, are weak. Lieser notes that the final time Trubisky had the next passing ranking was in opposition to the Detroit Lions final 12 months and compares his four-touchdown recreation with the six-touchdown recreation he had in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers again in 2018. Now, there’s nothing flawed with blowing out inferior groups, that’s what you’re alleged to do to them, however these occasional moments of dominance in all probability shouldn’t overshadow the truth that Trubisky has been an enormous disappointment for many of his time in Chicago.
The Bears declined Trubisky’s fifth-year choice again in Could, making him a free agent subsequent season. Because it feels extremely unlikely that he’ll return to the Bears, it may very well be that Trubisky is, primarily, auditioning for his future job and he’s working out of alternatives to impress. Whereas his efficiency on Sunday received’t do a lot to persuade anybody that the Bears made the suitable resolution to draft him in 2017, it simply may assist persuade one other crew that there’s nonetheless some untapped potential right here. On the very least, possibly he can go someplace the place he received’t perpetually be blamed for the place his crew drafted him.
Stat of the week
30 yards. Patrick Mahomes is the reigning Tremendous Bowl MVP and he very nicely may win the award once more this 12 months, however not even he’s good. The Miami Dolphins’ 30-yard sack on Mahomes made him the primary offensive participant to lose 30+ yards on a play with out fumbling since Phil Simms approach again in 1979. He additionally threw three interceptions, the final of which allowed the Dolphins to crawl again into the sport late earlier than Kansas Metropolis lastly shut the door. The Chiefs ended up beating the Dolphins 33-27, clinching the AFC West within the course of. In a approach, it was a constructive recreation for each groups. The Chiefs proved that they’ll beat crew even when their all-world quarterback has an off-day whereas Miami confirmed that they’ll grasp in late in opposition to in all probability the very best crew within the league.
MVP of the week
Drew Lock (QB, Denver Broncos). Consider it or not, Mitch Trubisky could not even have had essentially the most stunning stats amongst Sunday’s beginning quarterbacks. Lock, one other quarterback who has not precisely received over his critics, had a spectacular recreation in opposition to the Carolina Panthers. He threw for 4 touchdowns on 21-for-27 passing, getting sacked simply as soon as within the course of. The Broncos ended up beating the Panthers 32-27. What could also be most encouraging for many who have been ready to see if Lock can take the subsequent step, is the truth that he had his first interception-free day because the season opener.
Quote of the week
“Sorry guys I’m not enjoying at the moment… A variety of sizzling fantasy homeowners.” – Las Vegas Raiders working again Josh Jacobs, trolling on his Instagram web page.
After lacking final week’s recreation in opposition to the New York Jets with an ankle harm, Jacobs was listed as energetic for the Raiders’ recreation in opposition to the Indianapolis Colts. Nevertheless, in a puzzling transfer, Jacobs took to Instagram to announce that he wouldn’t, in spite of everything, be collaborating. Apparently, the information didn’t go over nicely for all these fantasy soccer gamers who had him on their roster as they swarmed to his web page to specific their unhappiness.
It turned out that the joke was on them. Shortly after posting that he wouldn’t be enjoying, Jacobs was suited up and collaborating within the Raiders’ pregame exercises. Jacobs was, in truth, within the beginning lineup, though undoubtedly a few of those that have him on their fantasy groups had already dropped him upon studying his preliminary (bogus) announcement. Jacobs would find yourself choosing up 49 yards on 13 carries with out scoring a landing in what ended up being a 44-27 Raiders loss. In the long run, he didn’t make an excessive amount of of a fantasy influence in spite of everything.
Video of the week
There have been numerous spectacular moments within the Tennessee Titans’ 31-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, however none was extra enjoyable than this flea-flicker from Ryan Tannehill to AJ Brown, who caught the cross with one hand. One may admire Derrick Henry’s selflessness on this state of affairs however, as we are going to get into later, he would find yourself having loads of alternatives to hold the ball earlier than the day’s finish.
Elsewhere across the league
— There have been a number of wonderful performances within the NFL on Sunday, however at this level no one must be caught off guard by what the Tennessee Titans’ Derrick Henry has been doing. Essentially the most dominant working again within the recreation went off for 215 yards in opposition to an totally overmatched Jacksonville Jaguars protection. Thanks partly to his two touchdowns, Tennessee defeated Jacksonville 31-10. He now has as many 200+ yards dashing video games since 2018 (4) as the remainder of the league mixed.
— The controversy over the Inexperienced Bay Packers’ resolution to select Jordan Love on this 12 months’s draft appears a very long time in the past now. Sunday’s victory over the Detroit Lions clinched the Packers’ second successive NFC North title.
— There are nonetheless three video games left within the season, however the Seattle Seahawks’ Jamal Adams has already set a document for many sacks by a defensive again. In forcing New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold out of bounds for a loss, Adams was credited for a sack which elevated his season complete to eight.5, beating out Adrian Wilson’s previous document. The Seahawks beat the Jets 40-3, which was nothing however excellent news for followers of the still-winless Jets who’re closing in on securing that No 1 general choose.
— The New England Patriots had Sunday off as they recovered from the 24-3 beatdown they suffered by the hands of the Los Angeles Rams. After the loss, Invoice Belichick went on the document to say that Cam Newton would stay the crew’s quarterback, however after his electrifying begin of the season, it’s apparent that he received’t be in New England’s long-term plans.
— The Philadelphia Eagles, just like the Patriots, in all probability received’t make the postseason (regardless of being within the woeful NFC East), however they’re at the least experimenting with adjustments at quarterback. Jalen Hurts stepped in for Carson Wentz and instantly made a mark as he led his crew previous the New Orleans Saints, who had held the NFC No 1 seed going into Sunday’s video games. The Eagles have mentioned they nonetheless think about Wentz but when Hurts continues on this vein, they could change their minds.
— The Minnesota Vikings’ kicking woes proceed. Dan Bailey ended up lacking three subject targets and an additional level of their recreation in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This was coming after a recreation in opposition to the Jacksonville Jaguars the place he missed three out of 5 kicks, together with a possible game-winner. It’s particularly evident since Bailey was as soon as essentially the most correct kicker within the NFL, which simply goes to indicate you the way precarious a gig it occurs to be. Bailey’s scoreless outing helped the Buccaneers enhance their document to 8-5 after the 26-14 victory over Minnesota.