Chicago Bears: Mitch Trubisky is outplaying elite quarterbacks

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Don’t listen to all of the naysayers. Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky is, in fact, outplaying some of the elite quarterbacks this year.

It is on, Michael Lombardi. Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky will neither confirm nor deny that he heard what Lombardi had to say about refusing to buy him off a discount rack last week, but I’m certain the former Cleveland Browns general manager (he was fired) was watching him play this past weekend.

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Trubisky lit up the Detroit Lions for a career-high 355 passing yards to go along with three passing touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown, giving him a total of four on the day. The Bears stormed to 6-3 and remain atop the NFC North heading into Week 11.

Since there has been so much said about the Bears’ starting quarterback this year, I thought I would do a little deep-dive into some numbers.

We all love numbers, right? They don’t always tell the whole story, but the following numbers certainly speak volumes about the kid whom nobody outside of Chicago seems to be buying into just yet.

Let’s start with a big one.

Mitch Trubisky has a higher passer rating than: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Ben Roethlisberger, Deshaun Watson, Andrew Luck, Matthew Stafford, Andy Dalton, among others.

Passer rating doesn’t mean much, though, right? It doesn’t take into account all of the almost-interceptions. It also doesn’t take into account drops, so take that for what it’s worth. It’s somewhat of a flawed number, but let’s be honest, did you see Trubisky posting a higher rating than those guys through 10 weeks of the season?

I didn’t think so.

Let’s move on to some more numbers that truly matter: Scoring and turnovers.

Mitch Trubisky has thrown more touchdowns than: Tom Brady, Kirk Cousins, Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson, Matthew Stafford, among others.

More touchdowns than the greatest of all-time among a few Pro Bowlers? I’ll take that.

Mitch Trubisky has thrown the same amount of interceptions as Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson, and less interceptions than: Matthew Stafford, Andrew Luck, Andy Dalton, among others.

So, Trubisky doesn’t turn the ball over as much as you would think, if you listened to guys like Lombardi.

How is Trubisky in terms of efficiency in the passing game?

Mitch Trubisky has a higher yards-per-attempt than: Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Kirk Cousins, Matthew Stafford, Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Andy Dalton, among others.

Mitch Trubisky has a higher completion percentage than: Tom Brady, Deshaun Watson, Aaron Rodgers, Andy Dalton, among others.

How about all those screen passes people are complaining about? Let’s just say, not all of the following big-time throws have come on screen plays.

Mitch Trubisky has more 20-plus-yard completions than: Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Kirk Cousins, Andy Dalton, Deshaun Watson, Matthew Stafford, Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, among others.

Numbers are fun, aren’t they?

You know what’s cute? I’ll tell you what’s cute. What’s cute about all of this is that so many folks were still harping on Trubisky after his 6-touchdown performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Heck, I’ll say I was still a bit gun-shy. After all, the Bucs’ secondary was the worst in the league.

But, here’s another number for you: Trubisky has totaled 3-or-more touchdowns in four of his nine games this season. He’s totaled at least two touchdowns in seven of nine games this year, including six straight.

I’m not sure how much more clear I can make this: Trubisky is performing at a high level, whether you want to admit it or not.

If you’re still not a believer, that’s fine with me. I’m sure it’s fine with the man himself, to be quite honest.

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The best part of all of this is when he ends the season on a Pro Bowl level, the folks who didn’t buy in quickly enough will be left on the outside looking in — and probably going back to quickly delete as many tweets as possible.