. Welcome to a NFL. Your initial task? Taking on Mike Zimmer’s
on “Monday Night Football.” Good luck.
You don’t need to be a
fan to be beholden for a Bears’ preference to finally dais Glennon (the really tall, nonetheless really bad quarterback) for Trubisky (the No. 2 altogether collect in this year’s draft). If you’re a fan of completions, initial downs, downfield throws, athleticism, and some-more generally speaking, good football, we should be stoked. You don’t have to watch a Bears play a Vikings on Monday night nonetheless a quarterback.
On Week 5 of “Monday Night Football,” a 1-3 Bears will horde a 2-2 Vikings during Soldier Field. It’s a matchup between dual NFC North rivals, nonetheless usually one of these teams is personification for this season. That group is Minnesota, that is really many alive in a multiplication and conference. Meanwhile, for a Bears, this diversion is all about a future. Specifically, it’s all about Trubisky’s debut. The outcome doesn’t matter many to them. It’s about how Trubisky looks in his initial NFL game. It’s about his growth from earnest awaiting to NFL quarterback.
Trubisky competence be a many intriguing aspect in this game, nonetheless I’m holding a favorite in this diversion and a group with something to play for in this season. The Vikings will spoil Trubisky’s entrance with their top-notch defense, nonetheless a Bears will keep it tighten now that they have an tangible quarterback underneath center.
The prediction: Vikings 24, Bears 21
My “MNF” prophecy record: 3-1
How to watch, tide
- When: Monday during 8:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
- TV: ESPN
- Streaming: WatchESPN
Trubisky changes a Bears’ offense
Trubisky hasn’t played a singular genuine down in a NFL, nonetheless he’s already an ascent over Glennon. That’s how bad Glennon was for a Bears. In 4 starts, Glennon finished 66.4 percent of his passes, averaged 6.0 yards per attempt, threw 4 touchdowns and 5 picks, and generated a 76.9 passer rating. He also fumbled 5 times.
There’s no approach to know how Trubisky will transport in a NFL. He’s an unknown. But his ability set will change a offense.
For one, Trubisky isn’t a statue in a slot like Glennon. He can move. In a preseason, a Bears constantly rolled him outward of a slot to take advantage of his athleticism. In a process, they simplified his reads, branch him into a “see a open man, chuck it” quarterback instead of one who’s compulsory to diagnose, mangle down, and manipulate a defense.
Expect to see plays like this on Monday night:
And distinct Glennon, Trubisky has a arm to chuck it deep. He won’t usually dink and asperse a Vikings invulnerability to death.
Trubisky is a rookie, nonetheless he creates a offense some-more artistic and dangerous given of his healthy abilities. That’s since a Bears had to go with him over Glennon. With that being said, design mistakes. Raw talent alone can’t win in a NFL. And there will be flourishing heedfulness as he adjusts to a NFL.
But a Vikings will make his life formidable
Trubisky is going adult opposite a flattering vigourous defense. So distant this year, a Vikings are permitting 19 points per diversion notwithstanding a fact that they’ve usually purebred 3 takeaways. And final year, this section ranked sixth in points authorised and eighth in DVOA.
So, they’re good — one of a best defenses in football. And they’re going to give Trubisky some issues deliberation his best receiver is possibly
. The Bears’ receiving corps — down
— isn’t good. And a Vikings’ delegate is good.
Leading a approach is
, who is permitting a 65.6 passer rating in coverage, according to PFF. Last year, Rhodes posted a league’s lowest passer rating in coverage (47.0). Instead of picking on Rhodes, Trubisky should demeanour to aim a eternally unsuitable
(105.9 passer rating in coverage) or a 39-year-old
(110.5 passer rating in coverage).
It’ll be engaging to see if a Vikings try to beget vigour by bringing a heat. The Vikings’ shell commission is indeed down this year — they’ve blitzed on 25.5 percent of their snaps this year compared to 31.3 percent final year, per PFF — nonetheless a Vikings could confirm to make Trubisky feel a feverishness in his initial NFL start. The unchanging deteriorate is apparently a opposite animal than a preseason, nonetheless Trubisky was shining opposite a shell in a preseason, posting a 132.8 passer rating. When he wasn’t blitzed, his passer rating fell to 82.8, according to PFF. However, that doesn’t meant vigour won’t be important. Trubisky’s passer rating underneath vigour in a preseason was 51.3, according to PFF.
The good news for a Vikings is that they don’t need to use a shell to beget vigour if defensive lineman
can keep doing what he’s been doing. The Bears’ descent line is indeed flattering good and those lineman will advantage from a mobile quarterback personification behind them, nonetheless this will be a tough matchup regardless.
The Bears’ using diversion vs. Vikings’ run invulnerability
Of course, though, a pivotal to a diversion will approaching be a Bears’ using backs. When
run wild, a Bears are a dangerous football team. When they’re close down, they’re not dangerous.
In a Bears’ sole win of a deteriorate — opposite a
— their using behind twin total for 268 yards. In a near-win over a
, they total for 179 yards from scrimmage. In dual blowout waste to a
Green Bay Packers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
, they totaled 186 yards. That was with Glennon underneath center. So now, that a Bears have a legit quarterback, a using backs approaching won’t need to do as many complicated lifting, nonetheless a indicate remains: The Bears’ strength is a using game.
The Vikings need to stop a run first, force a Bears to turn one-dimensional, and afterwards get after a rookie quarterback. The Vikings are versed to do accurately that. They’re ranked third in a NFL in rushing yards authorised per diversion (71.3).
The Vikings’ flitting diversion
Obviously, a standing of
will be value monitoring. Due to a knee injury, Bradford hasn’t played given Week 1, when he finished 84.4 percent of his passes for 346 yards, 3 touchdowns, no picks, and a 143.0 passer rating. That tour came after his entrance deteriorate with a Vikings, when he set an NFL record with a execution commission of 71.6, threw 20 touchdowns and 5 interceptions, and posted a 99.3 passer rating.
Bradford gets a ton of crap for his checkdown character of play, nonetheless he put adult that stat line behind a bad descent line, nonetheless a using game, and with his receivers banged up. He deserves credit.
Plus, he’s lightyears improved than his backup,
, who illuminated adult a Buccaneers in Week 3 for 369 yards and 3 touchdowns, nonetheless that’s given Keenum always destroys Tampa Bay. Sandwiched between that tour is a 65.9 passer rating opening and a 76.9 passer rating performance. Add in a fact that rookie using behind
is out for a deteriorate and Bradford’s standing is magnified even more. According to ESPN, Bradford is approaching to play.
Even if Bradford misses Monday’s game, a Vikings receivers will have opportunities to feat a Bears invulnerability that is permitting 26 points per game. The Bears have nonetheless to record an interception. Give me
(391 yards and 4 touchdowns) and
(358 yards) over a Bears secondary.
It’s value noting, however, that a Bears invulnerability has been vigourous opposite a run, permitting 85.5 rushing yards per diversion and 3.5 yards per carry. So whoever winds adult personification QB for a Vikings will be forced to lift his weight.
Here’s since we consider a diversion will during slightest be close: The Bears have been good during home and terrible on a road.
In dual highway games opposite a Buccaneers and Packers, a Bears have mislaid by a total 43 points. In dual home games, a Bears mislaid to a Falcons by 6 points — they were a forsaken touchdown pass in a final seconds divided from upsetting a fortifying NFC champs — and kick a Steelers in overtime.
The diversion will be played during Soldier Field.