Mitchell Trubisky is starting to look like an authentic NFL quarterback.
Trubisky has been wildly erratic in his first three pro seasons, prone to making bad decisions and throwing far too many interceptions.
But Trubisky has performed admirably in recent weeks and is a big reason why the Bears (7-6) still retain playoff hopes. He’s been good with his arm and legs in helping the Bears win three consecutive games.
In that three game stretch, Trubisky passed for 860 yards – 286 a game –while throwing seven touchdown passes. In that same span, he has also rushed for a pair of touchdowns.
Keeping Trubisky in check has to be the Green Bay Packers’ top priority when the teams renew unpleasantries at Lambeau Field. If the Packers can stifle Trubisky, they should easily cover the spread as 3-point favorites.
One of the best ways for the Packers to make Trubisky is a non-factor is by paying extra attention to Allen Robinson, the veteran wide receiver who is Trubisky’s favorite target. Robinson caught four of the seven TDs Trubisky has thrown in the last three games.
The Packers should also benefit greatly from the absence of Roquan Smith. The vastly underrated linebacker tore his pectoral in the Bears’ 31-24 victory over Dallas last week and has been declared out for the rest of season. It is a huge loss for the Bears as Smith led them with 101 tackles – more than double the 41 registered by the highly touted fellow linebacker Khalil Mack.
On the surface, this game has the makings of a classic, especially with so much riding on the line for both teams and the way Trubisky has been playing of late.
Packers 24, Bears 20.