Mitch Trubisky ends 1st half vs. Vikings with mixed results

Mitch Trubisky ends 1st half vs. Vikings with mixed results

The Vikings do not play well at Soldier Field. The crowd roared and waved towels, some fans rising to their feet. With Trubisky struggling to move the offense, Chicago had to get creative. Chicago is heading toward a Carson Wentz/Jared Goff situation for Year 2, when the Bears, it is hoped, will see the need to invest in upgrades to the receiving corps.

"It was fun", he said.

Pretty incredible, right? Monday Night Football color commentator and offensive guru Jon Gruden even acknowledged how unbelievable that play call was, stating "I need to put that in my offense". The crowd was electric. They expect him to be a great quarterback, not just good.

That's because Chicago's offense is an even bigger question mark, with rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky making his first career start.

It was a moment, also, that wasn't supposed to happen so soon. It was obvious why the Bears turned the page and started the Trubisky era when they did.

"We wouldn't put him on the field if he wasn't healthy enough to play", Zimmer said.

Glennon got the initial nod, but with eight turnovers, he forced the Bears' hand. They made mistakes. They committed costly penalties.

"Our guys feel it", Fox said. Seven plays later, the Vikings kicked the game victor in a 20-17 final. "I got to wrap up, but we won the game".

Mitchell Trubisky finished his debut with 128 yards on 12 of 25 passing with one touchdown, one interception and one fumble lost. "We had plenty of chances to win it early on". But it was fun, too: a fake-punt touchdown pass from Pat O'Donnell (first National Football League throw) to Benny Cunningham (first Bears touchdown); that tipped-ball touchdown to Miller, a play Trubisky extended with his legs; and a Jordan Howard-to-Miller-to-Trubisky two-point razzle dazzler.

Or left tackle Charles Leno Jr., who was beaten by defensive end Everson Griffin on his sack and strip of Trubisky in the final minutes of the second quarter.

The interception came after the Bears took over on their 10 with 2:32 left in the game.

Quarterback Wentz tossed successful scoring passes to Trey Burton, Zach Ertz and Torrey Smith in the first quarter before picking out Nelson Agholor with a 72-yard throw in the third period to give the Eagles a third successive win. Harrison Smith reached up and hauled it in. Trubisky's top highlight was running in a two-point conversion on a trick play. He threw in a sensational pass breakup in the fourth quarter, Superman-ing into the picture to knock a ball down.

Unlike Texans rookie Deshaun Watson, who has a premier top wide receiver in DeAndre Hopkins and other speedy playmakers around him such as Will Fuller and Lamar Miller, Trubisky can only trust and depend upon feature back Jordan Howard from week to week. Pat Elflein and Mike Remmers and Joe Berger are just flying at me to grab a seat in the end zone.

"I've never heard of gray duck", Keenum said with a grin.



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