Mitch Trubisky must be firing on all cylinders on Sunday night.
The Chicago Bears have their biggest test of the season this Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams. Last week, the Bears dropped a game that was very winnable last week against the New York Giants.
That doesn’t make this game against the Rams a must-win game, but it certainly increases its importance. The Rams, of course, are the biggest measuring stick yet for the Bears.
The Bears have tallied four losses through the first twelve games but haven’t lost any games by more than one score. The Rams have the ability to score in bunches and could build up a big lead if the Bears let the game get away from them, so the Bears will have to play a great game to keep it close and potentially win the game.
There are so many key factors playing into this game, obviously, the defense is going to have to contain Jared Goff, Todd Gurley and the offense of the Rams, but it’s hard to imagine the defense, as great as it is, keeping the Rams offense completely at bay and keeping them under twenty points.
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That means if the Rams are scoring into the 20s (possibly 30s), that means to win the game, the Bears’ offense is going to have to keep up. It’s an offense that has every ability to do just that, they’ve scored over 30 points on four different occasions and have scored 23 or more points in every game except the one ugly victory against the Arizona Cardinals.
The one thing that the last two games have proven is that the Bears’ offense goes as the quarterback goes.
Chase Daniel played a solid football game against the Detroit Lions and the Bears won the game. Conversely, Daniel struggled against the Giants and the Bears were fortunate to stay in the game as much as they did before losing in overtime.
Sunday night marks the return of Mitch Trubisky after he’s been on the shelf the last two games. Not playing in almost a month would obviously mean Trubisky might come out with some rust, but the Bears won’t be in a position against the Rams to win with a rusty Trubisky.
The Bears are going to need Trubisky to play one of his best games of the season if the Bears are going to win. If Trubisky plays against this Rams’ defense like he did against Tampa Bay or Detroit, not only should the Bears be in the game, they should win. When he performs at an elite level, with the weapons they have and the defense they have, this team is almost unstoppable.
However, if Trubisky comes out rusty and struggles, the offense is going to sputter and the defense is only going to be able to keep them in the game for so long before the Rams finally put the game away.
This game is an important measuring stick for the Bears. They have the opportunity to prove to the rest of the NFL that they aren’t just a good team, they are an elite team. To do that, Mitch Trubisky needs to play like the quarterback the franchise knows he can be.