By Wanda Wiedman//@WandaW63
Bears 48 – Buccaneers 10
For weeks it was said that quarterback Mitchell Trubisky could not throw for long passes. It was also said that he would not rise to the occasion until Week 10.
Well to the surprise of every single football analyst, amateur podcasters and fans alike, the young QB took command of the Bears offense and proved that he can throw the rock.
The Chicago Bears offense hit the ground running on their first play and never looked back. Trubisky made it loud and clear that he could throw by drilling one down 48 yards to tight end Trey Burton for a touchdown.
The offensive unit went over and beyond by giving Trubisky time to throw with great protection. He had the best game of his career. He went 19 for 26 for 354 yards and six touchdowns. And if that wasn’t enough, he rushed for 54 yards, had zero interceptions and a passer rating of 154.6.
The play calling was tailor-made for the young quarterback and proved to be a success. It was a complete spread offense with TDs to six different receivers, two of them were to wide receiver Taylor “Turbo” Gabriel.
— Taylor Sharp (@tsharp94) September 30, 2018
As expected, the defense would not succumb to the ever so popular Buccaneers quarterback Ryan “Fitzmagic” Fitzpatrick. As a matter of fact, they held Fitzpatrick to 125 yards, zero TDs, one INT and a passer rating of 49.8.
In the second half, QB Jameis Winston replaced the veteran QB, having come off of a four-week suspension. He threw for 145 yards, one TD, and two INTs.
Defensive ends Akiem Hicks and Aaron Lynch both had a sack, as well as linebacker Khalil Mack who also had a forced fumble. Safety Eddie Jackson and linebacker Danny Trevathan both picked off Winston. After Hicks was ejected from the game due to a hands-on disagreement with an official, rookie defensive tackle Bilal Nichols came in and played like a pro.
The Bears now lead the NFC North 3-1. It’s shocking and exhilarating at the same time. Next week the Bears get an early bye which is good and bad. Yes, they could use a little rest, but this can throw off their momentum. Burton said this to Fox Sports anchor Shae Peppler:
Trey Burton told me this BYE week couldn’t come at a worse time. The #Bears are 3-1 w/ momentum on their side. Said this happened in 2016 when he was in Philly, same start & then lost 7 of their last 9 after the BYE. Said he’s been through it so important #Bears come back strong.
— Shae Peppler (@shaepeppler) September 30, 2018
Hopefully, the coaching staff and the entire team will fight to keep getting W’s when they return to play against the Miami Dolphins in Miami.
I’m ok with them taking a few days off to rest and rejuvenate. They will need to stay hungry though. They have to get back in the grind and work as a team, live as a team and win as a team to keep the momentum going.
Talk Bears with Wanda on Twitter @Wanda63