Where Trubisky makes the Bears better is his ability to make something out of nothing with unscripted offense, and that's a good start.
The Bears lost 20-17 to Minnesota in the Week 5 contest, but despite falling short on the scoreboard, Chicago took full advantage of a couple of opportunities the Vikings presented them thanks to some innovative and perfectly-executed calls.
Trubisky also had moments where he reminded everyone he's an inexperienced rookie making his first start.
The Vikings forced two turnovers - a fumble recovery from Tom Johnson and an interception from Harrison Smith - and that ended up being the difference in the game.
"He did a lot of boots, play actions, hard runs, so we had to respect it because they're a good running team", said Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks. Without great options at receiver, Trubisky was able to manage the game and showed the Bears they have someone around whom to build the offence. Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen set up the score with a strip-sack in the red zone.
The Bears used two gadget plays to keep the game close. His first touchdown pass was a bit lucky, but it still counts.
Bears fans were thrilled to see Trubisky under center and not Mike Glennon, but the North Carolina product remains a project. Vikings RB Latavius Murray earned his first start of the season in place of RB Dalvin Cook, who is out for the season with a torn ACL. It became the longest pass play the Bears had made all season.
Despite being down by eight, the Bears elected to kick the extra point instead of tying it right then and there.
Whatever momentum the Bears gained from the touchdown dissipated quickly. He walked off the field noticeably limping and was pulled for the Vikings' final drive of the half. But O'Donnell passed to a wide-open Cunningham, who spun around Marcus Sherels on the way to the end zone, cutting it to 17-9. Andrew Sendejo tipped the ball and it hung precariously in the air before landing in the arms of the Bears tight end. The veteran looked rusty from the get-go. Running back Jordan Howard took a handoff and gave the ball to Miller on the reverse.
The first half was not almost as exciting - or well-played. Trubisky looks like what it is supposed to look like, clearly unpolished but with athleticism that later allowed for such things as perhaps the coolest two-point conversion ever executed.
"We wouldn't put him on the field if he wasn't healthy enough to play".
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