It sure was ugly, but at the end of the day, Mitchell Trubisky notched his first win as starting quarterback of the Chicago Bears. Trubisky’s line may not have been spectacular, in fact it was pretty average (8/16, 113 yards, and a touchdown) but throughout the contest in Baltimore Trubisky showed why he is the future of this franchise and built on the solid foundation he had started against the Vikings a week earlier. The lines will get better and Trubisky will continue to improve. This is going to be a fun process to watch, and just wait until he get some real receiving weapons around him. All that being said, let’s get into the recap.

Final Score: Chicago Bears 27, Baltimore Ravens 24

Who Balled Out: Jordan Howard, RB

The Bears went into Baltimore with a clear plan of attack: run the ball. With over 200 yards on the ground they sure achieved that goal. But Jordan Howard was the clear centerpiece, carrying the ball 32 times for 167 yards, including a 53-yard rumble in overtime to set up the game-winning field goal. Howard hadn’t really stood out so far this season, having  only cracked 100 yards once back in week 3 against the Steelers. But that was with Mike Glennon under center. Now with Trubisky fully integrated into the offensive scheme, opposing defenses have to plan for the passing attack and can no longer just focus on the run. It showed on Sunday, as Howard ran all over the Ravens, finding open space multiple times and running with his typical bulldozer style. The Ravens defense is no joke either, and with a fantastic performance against them, expect to see Howard continue to run well this season.

Honorable mention: Adriam Amos, S
Amos, a Baltimore native, had a 90-yard interception return for a touchdown. It was his first interception of the season, and he has played well while filling in for the injured Quintin Demps. If Amos can continue to play well it will stabilize the Bears defense until Demps returns.

Needs Improvement: The Receiving Corps…again

Look there isn’t much the Bears can do about who they have in the receivers room right now, but the fact remains that  the group needs to do better. They still drop too many passes and fail to separate from defenders. Trubisky can only do so much when the supporting cast is so thin. Where is Adam Shaheen? A touted receiver in college, the second-round pick has hardly seen the field. Why not let him and Trubisky grow together and establish that trust early? Obviously it is still a work in progress but Trubisky needs more from these guys.

Trubisky evaluation of the week:

As mentioned above, it was the prettiest line but Trubisky got the job done. He made throws on the move and showed the ability to leave the pocket when it was breaking down, and to step up within it when the opportunity was there. The rookie is showing good awareness and feel for when it’s okay to scramble and when he has time to sit in and deliver a strike. He showed flashes against the Vikings, and showed more in Baltimore. Get excited Bears fans, the kid is real.

All in all…

It’s a good win, lots of positives to take into next week against the Panthers. The defense will be tested by Cam Newton and Christian McAffrey, so it will be interesting to see what Vic Fangio comes up with. And obviously we’ll all be watching to see how Trubisky does in his third start, and be hoping to see even more growth.

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