Chicago (7-3) has now gained 4 in a row and expanded its lead over the Vikings (5-4-1) within the NFC North. Regardless of many vibrant spots for the Bears, there have been just a few performs they’d prefer to have again.
Listed below are three takeaways from the Bears’ victory.
Will the actual Mitch Trubisky please arise?
Trubisky resides as much as his standing because the No. 2 total choose within the 2017 NFL Draft. He is obtained loads of expertise, he can choose up large chunks of yardage on the bottom, and he should purchase time and hit the massive downfield move, as he did right here to Anthony Miller within the second quarter towards the Vikings.
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Trubisky additionally appears to be a superb recreation supervisor. That’s, till he does one thing he should not have completed. After finishing his first six passes towards the Vikings, totally on brief, secure routes, Trubisky compelled a move downfield into nearly triple protection, the place it was picked off. That sequence epitomizes his present standing as a quarterback, the place he is nonetheless vulnerable to gaffes. He threw one other choose within the third quarter the place the closest Bears receiver, Allen Robinson, was yards away. After which within the fourth quarter, he thankfully obtained away with a nasty move that would have — ought to have — been a pick-six.
Trubisky has nice potential, and he is performed exceptionally effectively the previous few weeks. Coming into the Vikings recreation, in his previous six video games he’d averaged 278 yards passing, 44 yards dashing and nearly three touchdowns a recreation. He handed for less than 165 yards towards Minnesota, hitting 20-of-31 passes, with that one landing and two interceptions. The Bears do not want Patrick Mahomes-type numbers out of Trubisky. They simply want him to keep away from foolish errors. He made two or three towards the Vikes, however fortunately obtained away with them.
Can Bears beat Saints, Rams?
Because it stands now, the Saints and Rams, each 9-1, are the titans of the NFC. However driving a four-game successful streak, the Bears seem like the third-best staff within the convention. Bears followers have already puzzled how their staff would match up with these two offensive powerhouses.
Chicago will host the Rams within the Sunday night time recreation Dec. 9, which must be a pleasant preview of any potential postseason matchup. Frankly, nobody desires to play the Bears’ protection within the postseason. Towards the Vikings, Khalil Mack had a sack, compelled fumble and fumble restoration — simply one other day on the workplace for him. However different Chicago defenders stepped up Sunday night time to restrict Minnesota to 268 complete yards. Try security Eddie Jackson on the choose six:
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Rams quarterback Jared Goff and Saints quarterback Drew Brees look unstoppable in the mean time, but when any protection can cease them — or a minimum of sluggish them down — it is the Bears. That is the place we’ll circle again to Trubisky. If the younger QB performs effectively, the Bears have the weapons to attain some factors towards these two exploitable defenses. Tarik Cohen is an explosive participant who remains to be being underutilized, Jordan Howard is a dependable again, and receivers Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton are all able to large performs. The Bears, for years caught as backside feeders within the NFC, are for actual. However they will want dependable play from Trubisky to achieve their potential.
The place do the Vikings go from right here?
The Vikings are actually 5-4-1 on the season, which places them in a precarious spot with about six different groups who will probably be vying for a wild-card spot (assuming the Bears maintain onto the division lead). And there are some robust challenges remaining on Minnesota’s schedule. Subsequent up is Inexperienced Bay at residence, adopted by a visit to New England, and a recreation at Seattle. It is potential the Vikings might lose all three of these video games. To win two of these video games can be nice. The ultimate three video games see them host the Dolphins, journey to Detroit after which host the Bears in a revenge recreation within the season finale. Two wins out of that trio of video games must be anticipated.
Minnesota has a significantly better offense than they confirmed Sunday night time, and are a playoff-caliber staff. However the subsequent three video games will make, or break, the Vikings’ season.