Will Mitch Trubisky continue to shred Matt Patricia’s defense?
You can argue about the long term viability of Mitch Trubisky, but the Chicago Bears starting quarterback is comfortable against the Detroit Lions
The Chicago Bears announcing Mitch Trubisky as the starter was not the huge shocker many made it out to be. Beyond that, while many laugh, there is a realistic chance to believe that Trubisky will also play well in Week One.
This is not an indictment on the rest of his season or career in Chicago. However, when he plays the Detroit Lions and defensive coordinator Matt Patrica, he has been a different player.
The Chicago Bears are 3-0 against a Patricia coached defense when Trubisky starts. Sure, you can brush that off to Matt Stafford being injured. However, you cannot brush off the fact that Trubisky has torched the Lions defense over those three games.
Trubisky is 68-91 a 74% passer in games against the Lions. He has nine touchdowns and one interception. That comes with 866 yards, 9.5 yards per attempt. These numbers would make him an MVP if he were playing the Lions every week.
In fact, his completion rate against the Lions is 5% higher than his career mark, and his TD rate is an absurd 6% higher than his career average. With that, his yards per attempt are 2.8 yards better than his career numbers and his INT rate goes down 1.5% rate from his career stats.
Considering those stats are baked into his career averages, it is fair to say that performances against the Lions, and that one Buccaneers game have been the catalyst to boosting Trubisky’s career stats in a big way. In fact, without those games, he has just 33 touchdowns to 28 interceptions in his career.
Still, Trubisky is a player who needs confidence entering year four. In the past two seasons, starts against the Green Bay Packers on prime time seemingly derailed his confidence as he could not outduel Aaron Rodgers. The Lions defense does not have his number in the same way. Perhaps a strong start to 2020 could lead to a better overall product?