If only for one day, Mitch Trubisky spared Bears fans from having to sit through some awkward conversations at the Thanksgiving dinner table this evening.
These stats are legit:
— NFL (@NFL) November 28, 2019
And yet, the data doesn’t tell the whole story.
That’s because the numbers can’t show you how Trubisky threw with accuracy, conviction, and confidence throughout the second half. Or how Trubisky showed a willingness to trust his offensive line to allow him to throw down the field, which opened up down-field passes that hadn’t been open to the Bears signal caller for what feels like a large portion of this season. Or how he overcame his own early mistakes (the brain fart of a run that should have resulted in a first down late in the first half, the worm-burner of a throw on an incomplete pass on an earlier drive that stalled out, the silly interception in which Darius Slay baited him) in order win that game was needed. No one was sure Trubisky could deliver a game like this, so to see him do it was impressive (even if it was against the Lions).
Re-watching games for analytical purposes has been a drag for most of this year, but I am genuinely curious as to how and when this version of Trubisky showed up. Because if this version of Trubisky shows up down the stretch, it will – at minimum – make these final slate of games far more interesting than the ones that preceded them.
But we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. Because now it is time to eat.
Oh, and let Mitchell have the big piece of meat. He earned it on Thursday.