Bears move to 2-0 with yet another wild win that came down to the final play

Eric Edholm
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Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears are 2-0, and they might be making Chicagoland cardiologists some coin this season.

Just like in Week 1, the Bears nearly blew the game late in Week 2 against the New York Giants, who drove all the way to the Bears’ 10-yard line with a chance to win.

But the Giants’ Golden Tate was flagged for offensive pass interference on the game’s final play just outside the end zone as the Bears hung on, 17-13. The Detroit Lions had a chance to beat the Bears late in Week 1, but rookie D’Andre Swift dropped a would-be TD pass.

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky led his team to a 2-0 start. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky led his team to a 2-0 start. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

It’s the Bears’ first 2-0 start since the 2013 season.

“The only thing that matters right now is the 2-0,” Bears head coach Matt Nagy said.

Trubisky was excellent in the first half, building off his miracle fourth quarter last week, completing 13 of 18 passes for 159 yards with two TDs and no interceptions as Chicago built a 17-0 lead over the Giants.

In the second half, the results weren’t nearly as pretty. Trubisky completed only five passes on 10 attempts for 31 yards and two picks. On both interceptions, Bears receivers got their hands on the ball — first Anthony Miller, then Allen Robinson.

Miller also dropped a would-be TD pass in the first half.

What helped was better production from the run game than we saw most of 2019. David Montgomery ran 16 times for 82 yards and caught three passes for 45 yards, including a 28-yard score.

The Bears’ defense did its part — even with Giants RB Saquon Barkley getting hurt early. Chicago had four sacks, including one each from Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn in his Bears debut. Deon Bush also had a pick of Giants QB Daniel Jones, and the Bears didn’t allow an offensive play longer than 24 yards in the game.

Bears offense still a work in progress

Trubisky and the Bears were lucky when he had two straight passes deflected on their final possession, but on the second pass, the ball deflected to offensive lineman Bobby Massie — who somehow converted a first down on the fourth-and-1 catch.

There are times when it feels like any of the other 21 players on the field have a chance to catch the ball when Trubisky is at quarterback. He’s also now had three white-hot quarters of play to go with five icy-blue ones.

None of this, of course, is good for Bears fans’ health. And it has yet to remove him from the chopping block at some point down the road this season.

To his credit, neither interception on Sunday was a terrible throw — at least not by 2019 standards — and his receivers let him down a few times.

Overall, it’s an improvement by the Bears QB in a crucial season for his Chicago future. Three tougher games are up next: at the Atlanta Falcons, followed by home games against the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Trubisky is still completing fewer than 60 percent of his passes (59.4) through two games. Robinson, who is looking for a new contract, has caught only eight of his 18 targets for 107 yards and no TDs.

The bright side? The formula is working so far.

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