Mitch Trubisky up to six passing TDs, career-high 345 yards in Bears’ 48-10 undressing of Bucs

September 30, 2018

The Mitch Trubisky worriers can sleep easy Sunday night.

The Bears’ maligned second-year quarterback threw six touchdowns and tallied a career-high 354 passing yards on Sunday as Chicago undressed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 48-10, in one of the more impressive showings on offense the franchise has enjoyed in years.

Trubisky, who had nine passing touchdowns in his first 15 NFL games combined, completed 14-of-18 passes for 289 yards and five scores in the first half, good for a perfect passer rating of 158.3. Trubisky led TD drives on five of the Bears’ first six possessions, finding Trey Burton on a double move down the left sideline for 39 yards on his first score; Allen Robinson for 14 yards on a corner route on the second touchdown; Tarik Cohen on a slant for nine yards to make it 21-3; a wide-open Josh Bellamy working out of the slot in place of an injured Anthony Miller for 20 yards; and Taylor Gabriel on a three-yard touchdown on Matt Nagy’s shovel-pass special for the second time in three weeks.

Trubisky then opened the second half with TD No. 6, a three-yarder to Taylor Gabriel, after finding Cohen on a long completion two plays earlier that would’ve been good for a touchdown had Cohen not stepped out of bounds near the end of the 28-yard deep sideline hookup.

After entering Sunday with a meager 6.4 yards per attempt and only four passing plays of 20-plus yards in the first three games, Trubisky averaged 13.9 yards and completed six passes of over 20 yards. From his first touchdown on, Trubisky showed perfect touch and ball placement on virtually every downfield attempt, save for two deep misses— one to Gabriel in the second quarter and a misfire for Robinson in the third.

Trubisky and Nagy vowed to stay agressive throughout the week after some concerning offensive performances amid a 2-1 start. Rest assured, at least for one Sunday, those concerns have subsided.

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