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Bears overcome mistakes to notch OT road win

Jordan Howard’s tackle-breaking 53 yard run in overtime paved the way for Connor Barth to boot the game-winning 40 yard field goal and give the Chicago Bears a rare road victory, 27-24 over the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore Sunday afternoon.  The win gave the Bears their first road win since 2015 and improved their record to 2-4. The Ravens’ mark is even at 3-3.

Chicago head coach John Fox was relieved by the outcome. “It was a real gutsy performance by our team, coming into a very tough place to win on the road,” said coach John Fox. “Was it perfect? No. But anytime you can get a ‘W’ in this league, it’s a tribute to those guys in that locker room. I’m talking about coaches and players. I’m proud of the way our guys played. It wasn’t always perfect—seldom is—but we’re just happy to get out of here with a win.”

The overtime heroics averted what would have been a monumental collapse by Chicago. The Bears were seemingly in command through much of the game but special teams blunders gave the Ravens a chance to get back into the contest. First, Ravens returner Bobby Rainey was allowed to regain his footing and race untouched after initial contact for a 96 yard touchdown return. Then, with the Bears holding a 24-16 advantage and Chicago forced to punt, Baltimore punt returner Michael Campanaro sidestepped tacklers and skirted down the near sideline for a 77 yard score. The subsequent two-point conversion tied the game at 24, stunning a Bears team prone to mistakes. READ MORE

Trubisky promise gives Bears hope

It wasn’t the storybook finish Chicago Bears hoped for. Mitch Trubisky’s ad-lib throw to TE Zach Miller was picked by crafty veteran safety Harrison Smith of Minnesota was just over 2 minutes remaining, leading to the Vikings winning field goal attempt in a hard-fought 20-17 victory on Monday night.

Despite that mistake, Trubisky displayed enough good traits and the presence Bears management expected. Trubisky’s stats were middle of the road, 12-25 for 128 yards, a touchdown, a strip sack, and the pick, yet his overall presence, mobility, and playmaking skills should endear him to even the harshest Bears cynic. “He’s got what it takes; there’s no doubt in my mind,” said coach John Fox. “For a first game, I go back to watching guys like [Joe] Montana in his first game. I’ve seen a few of them. I’m not making comparisons at this point. But he will do nothing but get better.” READ MORE

First and ten: Trubisky set for Bears debut

Mitch Trubisky jersey
Appearing confident but not cocky, 23 year-old Mitch Trubisky takes the helm for the Chicago Bears on Monday night, hoping to rejuvenate a franchise accustomed to searching for a long-term answer at quarterback.

Trubisky won’t get a chance to ease into the spotlight however. His first regular season action comes against NFC North rival Minnesota under the bright lights of Monday night football.

The matchup pits two equally desperate teams. The Bears resume play following a lopsided loss in Green Bay that looked worse than the 35-14 final score might indicate. At 1-3, head coach John Fox’s squad needs a spark after a turnover filled beginning to the season. Trubisky’s challenge is made more difficult with the Bears lack of explosive weapons at the wide receiver position. Look for a ground-based offense that will be supplemented with controlled rollouts designed to highlight Trubisky’s mobility.  Keep an eye on WR Markus Wheaton, who has yet to catch a pass after injuries delayed the start of his Chicago career. Wheaton might be the lone Bears wideout capable of gaining separation.  The Bears will be forced to make some plays downfield to keep an attacking Vikings defense honest. READ MORE