Chicago Bears: The good, bad, and ugly from Rams game

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Chicago Bears Mitchell Trubisky
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Rusty Mitch

Beyond playing the NFL’s best team in primetime, fans had another reason to be excited about last night’s game — the return of Mitch Trubisky. After dislocating his right shoulder against the Vikings, Mitch missed the last two games and a total of nearly three weeks of practice. In fact, he didn’t throw a football for 10 days following the injury.

Needless to say, there was a lot of rust to shake off and that was evident throughout the entire game. Mitch started the game strong with his legs, picking up big chunks of yardage on the ground. However, his throws were erratic all night — and that would be putting it mildly.

Trubisky threw three interceptions on the night. All of them were on errant throws to open receivers. It’s tough to pinpoint the exact cause. It very well could have been rust, but the reality is Mitch has struggled this season with his accuracy. Perhaps it was a combination of the two. Maybe he was too amped returning from such a long layoff and he sailed a few throws. It’s even possible that his dislocated shoulder isn’t fully healed and is causing him some trouble.

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Whatever the reason, the results were not good. The Bears only touchdown came on a razzle-dazzle tackle eligible play. Mitch was unable to get anything going the rest of the night. However, what stood out to me was the decision to run the ball on 3rd and 9 with eight minutes to go in the game with the Bears up nine points on their own 47-yard line.

On another night, you’d have to think Nagy lets Mitch try to pick up a first down to try to put points on the board and put the game away. Instead, he played it conservatively and relied on his defense. A smart move, but make no mistake, if the Bears want to advance, they will need Mitch to make plays in that situation in the future.