On Sunday evening, your Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1) will face off against the team that the late Dennis Green thought they were, the Chicago Bears (6-3).
During the NFC North showdown, for the 22nd time in his career, North Carolina alum Mitch Trubisky will trot out as Chicago’s starting quarterback.
After taking losses in six of his first eight professional starts, Trubisky, the reigning NFC offensive player of the week, has turned things around by winning eight of his last thirteen contests.
While that growth is impressive, it’s not nearly as impressive as how much of an impact the Bears’ Khalil Mack addition has made.
In most opinions, when it comes to Chicago’s solid start to the season, rather than Trubisky, the majority of the props belongs to their defense.
Also, their first year head coach, Matt Nagy (below), has more than earned himself a serving of the kudos
With all that being said, in order to more properly peel back the curtain on the 24 year-old gunslinger, one needs to look beyond the win-loss column.
Mitch Trubisky’s 2018 Passing Stats (NFL ranking through week 10)
- 290 Attempts (19th)
- 65.5% Completions (17th)
- 2,304 Yards (18th)
- 7.95 Yards Per Attempt (11th)
- 19 Touchdowns (9th)
- 101.6 Passer Rating (10th)
- 75.3 Total QBR (4th)
Sidebar: His 7 interceptions are tied for 11th most.
In addition to those “not bad” numbers, through Chicago’s first nine games of the current campaign, the second-year QB has accounted for 320 rushing yards.
While Trubisky’s athleticism, parlayed with his ability to make plays on the run, are no secret, neither are his accuracy issues.
The formula for attempting to infuriate the Ohio native is seemingly simple: Keep his ass in the pocket, and make him throw into tight windows.
In the event they can’t, as painful as it sounds, the Vikes could more than easily fall further back of the Windy City squad in the NFC North standings.
While that scenario would obviously suck, if it happens to occur, always remember, things could be a hell of a lot worse.