Game One: Chicago Bears Made a Preseason Game Exciting.
Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was everything the Bears had hoped he would be during his NFL debut Thursday night at Soldier Field. And the Chicago Bears made a preseason game exciting!
It was the first preseason game. Remember that. In a game that didn’t matter, people were paying attention. According to one source, the Bears-Broncos games had more viewers than popular cable shows. In Chicago, viewer’s tuned in the game as “Trubisky” started to trend on Twitter and other social media.
Trubisky entered the game late in the first half and proceeded to lead the Bears’ offense on three straight scoring drives. All 17 points they would score in the preseason opener at Soldier Field. Two late Denver scores when 4th string player’s were on the field made the final score Denver 24- Chicago 17. However, fans were delighted with what they witnessed.
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Only a dropped pass on a sure TD to Daniel Brown stopped the Trubisky Express from engineering three consecutive touchdown drives. After first half possessions that produced little, Mitchell Trubisky entered the game late in the first half. What happened from there was thrilling if not spectacular.
During the first possession, Trubisky engineered a touchdown drive, culminating with a short pass to Victor Cruz in the closing minutes of the first half. After half time, he picked up right where he left off. Trubisky completed five straight passes. Rueben Randle caught a slant for what could have been Trubisky’s second touchdown pass, but he was stopped inches shy of the goal line. After the Bears ran the ball in to take a 14-10 lead, the Bears held the Broncos and third scoring drive began just before the end of the third quarter. Trubsky’s first pass to fall incomplete wasn’t until the 4th quarter.
With third and goal from the Denver seven-yard line, Trubisky threw a pass to a tightly covered Daniel Brown. The pass was perfectly placed low and away from the defender, but it slipped through Brown’s hands.
Mitchell Trubisky may not have earned a promotion to start just yet, but he did put everyone on notice.
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On Sunday, during the last practice open to the public in Bourbonnais, Mark Sanchez, currently the second QB on the depth chart, sat out with an ankle injury. Mitch Trubisky stepped up and continued his impressive camp, playing with the second string offense. Preparations now shift to the Payton Center in Lake Forest, IL.
Next game: Saturday at Arizona.