Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky completed 12 of 25 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown in his National Football League debut. In one particularly inept first-half sequence, they called a timeout, then sent out the punt team, then rushed the offense back on the field for a fourth-down gamble, then were penalized for delay of game when they didn't get the snap off in time. The Bears will count themselves fortunate if Pernell McPhee can be a role player for the remainder of the season on his balky knees.
The stats were pedestrian: 12-of-25 passing for 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
So if you thought the Bears were going to make a playoff run with Trubisky this year, check yourself.
With a win over Tampa Bay on Thursday Night Football, Brady, who has 185 career regular-season victories as a starting quarterback, would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE and PEYTON MANNING for the most regular-season victories by a quarterback in NFL history. Sure, Teddy's coming back soon, but they'll most likely rush him back as well and I've always been more of a Bradford fan so now I'm going to be doomed to articles/arguments about Teddy vs. Bradford while the team struggles to beat a "decimated" Bears team (per John Gruden on MNF), because they're decimated as well. Penalties bogged down the Bears' offense in the first half, wiping away scoring opportunity after scoring opportunity. Backed up in the shadow of their own endzone, Leonard Floyd was the benefactor of some good coverage as he sacked Sam Bradford in the endzone for the safety to make it 2-0. Or is it just a Chicago move to have an edge in the future? Early in the second quarter, wide receiver Markus Wheaton was whistled for a hold that cost Howard a 42-yard touchdown.
Vikings quarterback Case Keenum came off the bench to complete 17 of 21 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown.
The Bears' second sack, by defensive end Akiem Hicks, occurred when Hicks made contact around Bradford's waist but did not knock him to the ground. Dealing with Bradford's knee issues and Dalvin Cook's absence, Minnesota had 55 total yards in the opening half. What we need to do is be better, collectively, around him. He walked off the field noticeably limping and was pulled for the Vikings' final drive of the half.
That cut the lead to 10-9, but it didn't last long.
Jerick McKinnon had a 58-yard touchdown run.
The longest pass play of the Bears' season came from unlikely source in the third quarter.
Zach Miller caught 3-of-6 targets for 39 yards and one touchdown in the Bears' Week 5 loss to the Vikings. Just like that, it was 17-all.