If the Chicago Bears can protect Mitch Trubisky, they will have to have success down the field
Early into the 2018 season, the Chicago Bears have been one of the better teams at protecting their quarterback. What makes this even more interesting is that as the season has gone on, it appears that they have faced some talented pass rushing groups as well.
When looking at the pass rush strength of schedules thanks to sharpfootballanalysis, the Chicago Bears entered the season taking on the fifth, 12th and 10th best pass-rushing units in the NFL.
Do you think the Mitch Trubisky explosion in Week Four might be correlated to the fact that they went from three above average pass rushes to the number 27 pass rushing unit in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
With the Bucs inability to get home, Trubisky dropped bombs. After the bye, the Bears squared up with the 29th best pass rush in the Miami Dolphins. While the team shook off some rust early, and the offensive line could be blamed for weak sacks, Trubisky did put up 28 points on the road. The Dolphins came into their duel with Trubisky ranking fifth in efficiency. Thanks to the lack of pass rush they fell all the way down to 11th.
Where do the Patriots rank in their pass rush this season? 30th. That is a worse pass rush than they have seen in the past two weeks that featured 76 points. Not only that, the Patriots rank 19th in pass defense. That is about halfway between the Bucs and the Dolphins.
Add in that he is back at home and the situation against the Patriots defense may not be tough. We will see if Trubisky can take advantage of a team looking for help in their pass rush.