Far from Halas Hall, Mitch Trubisky gets a lot of criticism from pundits and analysts. There is no confidence in Bears for their second-year signal, and he showed why Sunday.
There is no way the same can be said about Cody Parkey, who had a horrible Sunday afternoon parking at Soldier Field. But significantly more important for this season and the franchise's future, Trubisky replied to the sharp national comment about him with a career of 355 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-22 destruction of the Lions.
The game was not as close as the final result, partly because Parkey missed two field goals and two extra points, with all four misses ricocheting off an upright.
"My trust is not at all shot with him," said Matt Nagy, Parkey coach, an attitude created only by the $ 9 million guarantee. Bears gave the kicker along with a four-year contract that they thought would end a long-term problem.
Fortunately, Trubisky and the crime came out to click on such a high level that no amount of kicking matches could discourage Bears from snapping their 10-player NFC North unloading streak. They improved to 6-3 and set up a first place showdown with 5-3-1 Vikings on Sunday night at Soldier Field.
Bears took command from the start against the lions, scoring touchdowns on his first four possessions to take a lead of 26-0 halfway through the second quarter. Trubisky was as sharp as we have seen him despite almost no running game. Bears ran for 54 yards on 22 berries, with running slopes ready for 36 at 19 against NFL's 30th ranking defense.
It put pressure on Trubisky to make things happen. He did just that and looked at another overall pick instead of someone ranked near the bottom of league quarterbacks on many lists. He finished 23 out of 30 pass with a pass grade of 148.6. He made crucial reading using his offensive line, giving him time to drive, and Lions secondary, who missed Darius Slay's topback because of knee injury.
Veteran staff turned the media analyst Michael Lombardi suggested at the beginning of the week he would forward Trubisky about "you had him on the discout rack at File's basement." Trubisky brushed it and said he was paying attention to social media, and looked more like a Neiman Marcus product while turning the lion.
Trubisky made it easy and smooth as he spread the ball around. All Robinson caught six passes for 133 meters and two touchdowns, and rookie Anthony Miller added five missions for 122 yards and one point.
"I thought Mitch had his best game this season without a doubt," said Nagy. "He was on fire. He was efficient, threw the ball with conviction, his eyes were great. Really super proud of him to come out here and play that way."
Trubisky exceeded 300 pass values and a 100 ratings for the fourth time in their last six matches. He credited his line man for his green grass, another term for a clean pocket. He also said that his timing is improved with exercise, something that begins to turn into games with more regularity.
The carriers attacked without huddle at the opening possession and felt they could use the Lions with their zebra staff (one back back, one tight end and three recipients) by preventing them from replacing. It worked, and they returned to the whole game.
"We saw that we could speed up the pace and get good looks and keep them in balance", left thank you Charles Leno said. "It worked, and we kept pushing them because we saw that they were unbalanced. We're just continuing to move.
"We've seen what Mitch can do at its best. Tampa, Miami, this game. You've seen what he can do at his best."
In the case of naysayers, Trubisky allowed himself to play.
"I'm not saying anything," he said. "I do not listen to it. I do not hear it, so I do not say anything. I do not care a bit. The only thing I care about is Coach Nagy, what he has to say, what my teammates have to say. that there have been tales and sounds a week, I did not hear directly, but I heard my teammates have my back, and that's all I care about. "
When Trubisky says that the criticisms are not raging him, he comes off credible. He seems really excited about the daily details of his work.
"I do not think he even knows what the sound is," said Nagy. "He may have an idea but … I have one-on-one talking to him and we really do not care about anything else. So everyone is right in his opinion, but he is playing now by his tail and I love where he is at. "
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