Buccaneers vs. Bears final score, takeaways: Chicago seems to be a competitor when Trubisky erupts for six TD & # 39; s

The Chicago Bears are not who we thought they were. We thought they were in the elevator, but still felt their way through a reconstruction process. We thought they would be competitive, but still not ready to compete with the Packers and Vikings in the NFC North. We thought that Mitchell Trubisky, after having conquered in two of their first three games to win victories, would keep the Bears from reaching such great heights – that he would prevent the Bears from breaking their playoff drought.

We might have been wrong. The bears may have already completed the rebuilding process. The bears may be ready to win NFC North. Trubisky may be good enough to help the bears reach the promised land. Such great heights may be feasible.

After their absolute demolition of the Buccaneers on Sunday (the final score was 48-10), the Bears were 3-1. They have won three games in a row. They have surpassed their competition with 46 points. They are still in first place in the NFC North.

We already knew that the defense of the bears, who entered the first week in DVOA, was playoff-worthy. However, the questions remained on the other side of the ball after Trubisky plodded his way through the first three weeks. Against a very bad Buccaneers defense, Trubisky finally broke out.

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Trubisky started the game with nine touchdowns in 15 career games. In the first half alone, when the bears had built up a lead of 38-3, he pitched for 289 yards, five touchdowns, no interceptions and a perfect 158.3 passer rating. At that moment he had more touchdowns than incompletions.

Trubisky became the first quarterback ever since Aaron Rodgers in 2014 (against the Bears in a game that Chicago has probably cleaned out of his memory) to throw five first-half touchdowns. He threw another one in the second half to set his total to six. For the context, keep in mind that a quarterback of Bears did not throw five touchdowns in a complete game since the years that followed. Sid Luckman.

Trubisky's latest statline looked like this: 19 of 26 for 354 yards (13.6 YPA), six touchdowns, no interceptions and a 154.7 passer rating. That will work.

This will also:

We start from the beginning because the Bears have now made touchdowns on three of their four opening matches. On Sunday, Matt Nagy's early game script did not stop anymore.

They started with a quick screen to Tarik Cohen on the outside. Jordan Howard took four meters down. Trubisky turned into third down with a sneak. From there, the Bears used a zone read with Trubisky to acquire another 23 yards. From the play-action plays a few later, Trubisky saw Trey Burton, who also had a big blockade to make Trubisky's scamper explode, open the right-hand sideline.

The bears led 7-0 through this 39-yard attack.

The opening game card of the Bears now looks like this:

  1. 10 plays, 86 yards, TD
  2. 10 plays, 96 yards, TD
  3. 12 plays, 47 yards, missed FG
  4. 6 plays, 75 yards, TD

Before Sunday Trubisky rarely found success after the opening series. It seemed that this would be the case if he missed an easy throw in the second series of the Bears and then grabbed a bag. But on the third drive of the Bears, Trubisky made the best pitch of his second season to gain a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

Patient waiting for the routes to be developed, Trubisky weighed a pass to Allen Robinson in the corner of the end zone. This is not that Nagy comes up with a simple landing. This is a quarterback that throws its covered receiver open by placing the ball on the spot where the defending defender did not have access.

The bears went to Taylor Gabriel and Tarik Cohen in their third scoring series. After the Buccaneers responded with a field goal, the bears immediately marched back into the field. Similar to how Sean McVay opened Todd Gurley on Thursday night in the red zone, Nagy Cohen was isolated in coverage in the red zone. Trubisky scored a hat-trick early in the second quarter.

This is all scheme:

After turning Cohen into a central point, Nagy turned him into a bait. Trubisky's fourth touchdown had everything to do with Cohen who distracted the defense of the Buccaneers from the actual threat. The bears made it look like Trubisky Cohen would quickly hit a screen, but instead substituted Josh Bellamy. Two Buccaneers defenders pursued Cohen on the line of scrimmage while Bellamy slipped through unnoticed.

As the Warriors prematurely celebrated a Steph Curry 3-pointer, Cohen knew it was a touchdown before Trubisky even released the ball:

How is this for schedule? On Trubisky's fifth touchdown, Nagy put back quarterback Chase Daniel into the backfield next to Trubisky. The break went to Trubisky, but the ball left his hands a fraction of a second later when Gabriel met the formation and collected Trubisky's hot potato "pass".

Halfway the Bears led 38-3. They could have been Trubisky if they wanted to and showed him the rest of the game from the couch, but they let him collect the statistics instead. With a good reason.

At the start of the game, he was a young quarterback in crisis. The openings had been there for the first three weeks, but he did not see them and did not hit them either. Nagy & # 39; s schedule was no problem. It had been on Trubisky because it had not been executed. When Trubisky finally saw and hit the openings, the bears kept letting him do that during the second half.

He threw his sixth touchdown early in the third quarter.

He really did not get the chance to link the NFL record to his seventh touchdown. With the bears in time wasteful mode the rest of the way, Trubisky finished with nothing but six touchdowns.

This Bears attack has always had the right staff and play-caller to explode. But it is impossible to explode if a quarterback does not see what he should see. Trubisky's eyes finally went where they had to. And the attack of the Bears fled. Robinson got involved in that landing. Cohen exploded for 174 yards on 20 touches. The Trubisky-Gabriel connection was unstoppable.

Yes, this all happened against a bad Buccaneers defense, but this is still an important sign of progress. The bears could not do anything against a bad Cardinals defense a week ago. Knocking against bad defenses is what good offenses should do. Hitting open receivers is what a good quarterback should do. The bears have a good attack on Sunday. Eventually they submitted their first complete performance on Sunday.

And so it's time to take the Bears seriously as a playoff-caliber team. The Vikings and Packers are both vulnerable. There is an opening in the NFC North. The bears can handle it.

Khalil Mack strengthens MVP case

Mack should not only be the front-runner for Defensive Player of the Year. He should also be in the MVP call. Every week there is a reminder that the Raiders somehow succeeded in giving away a generation of pass-rusher talent that is worth every dollar the bears spend on him.

For the fourth-straight game, Mack forced an awkward attempt and brought down a quarterback. Mack now has five bags this season.

He was also directly responsible for the interception by Jameis Winston's Danny Trevathan in the second half, as he hit Winston's arm just as he released the ball, leading to a bob.

Trubisky was the story of the game for six obvious reasons. But do not look at how well this Bears defense played again for a fourth-straight game. They entered Week 4 as the best defense in football by DVOA. They proceeded to keep the infringement of a Buccaneers who averaged 34 points per game to 10 points. They participated in the game with an NFL high of 14 bags, even though they remained at the lowest point of the competition. They then took down four quarterbacks from the Buccaneers.

Mack just makes everyone better at defending the bears. Akiem Hicks is no longer the main concern for opposing offenses. He came to Fitzpatrick once in the first half. Leonard Floyd is a secondary pass-rushing option instead of a focal point. He did not get a bag, but he rejected a pass and registered a quarterback hit. Bilal Nichols and Roy Robertson-Harris were each credited with half a bag. Aaron Lynch (one bag) has been fantastic in a role as assistant pitcher. The bears can attack from so many different areas, but that's because teams have to use so many resources for one area: everywhere where Mack is lying in wait.

They did not need it on Sunday, but the defense of the bears is good enough to win matches themselves.

FitzMagic runs dry

At that point, here is where we praise the Fitzagan era in Tampa Bay. Ryan Fitzpatrick played bravely instead of Jameis Winston, but his time as a starting quarterback of the Buccaneers was probably relative to the Bears.

Fitzpatrick, who threw an NFL record 400 yards in three straight-games to start the season, earned the start, although Winston was eligible to play after serving his suspension of three games for allegedly groping a woman. He lasted until the rest. Fitzpatrick was not the reason why the Buccaneers left 35 points at half time, but he was on the bench for the second half.

Fitzpatrick, who was fired twice, went 9 out of 18 for 126 yards, no touchdowns, a choice, and a 49.8 passer rating.

That may be the last time we have looked extensively at Fitzpatrick this season.

Winston is coming back

Winston did not start, but he played the entire second half. It is difficult to judge how he played, given the context – the Bears were 35 points when he entered the game – but what we saw from Winston was pretty typical. He made a few plays out of nowhere by running around in the backfield and he also made a few mistakes that have defined his career so far.

Winston completed 16 of 20 passes for 145 yards, one touchdown, two picks, and a 74.0 passerby rating. As noted above, his first interception was more about Mack. His second choice, which came at the end of the game, was for him because he could not identify the underlying cover and could give Aaron Lynch a gift.

Again, given the game context, it is difficult to judge how Winston fared in his return. What is important is that he got the chance to re-integrate after missing the first three weeks. Barring something completely unexpected, Winston should be the team's starter.


Akiem Hicks expelled

Hicks, who threw a bag of Fitzpatrick in the bag, was sent out of the field in the first half when he pushed an official. It did not matter much with the bears who already had the game under control – if it was something, it prevented him from getting injured in the garbage time – but it may be important to get ahead if the NFL suspension.

Hicks is the best slider of the bears that is not called Khalil Mack. His pocket in the first half pushed his season up to three. Since joining the Bears in 2016, he has 18.5 bags in 36 games.

What's next?

Not much. Both teams enjoy an early week 5, so they rest at home next week.

Furthermore, the post-bye planning of the Bears includes some AFC East fixtures. They go to Miami for a week 6 date with the dolphins before they return home to host the patriots and the jets. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers (2-2) are back against the Falcons in week 6. The Browns and Bengals are waiting for the Buccaneers in Week 7 and 8.

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