Bears-Vikings prediction: Can Mitchell Trubisky get a win in his NFL debut?

Bears-Vikings prediction: Can Mitchell Trubisky get a win in his NFL debut?

Stick with a few qualifiers here: The last time a quarterback picked in the top 10 won his first start during the middle of the season was 2001, when Michael Vick completed four of 12 passes while the Atlanta Falcons won, 20-13, over the Dallas Cowboys. That’s a streak of 10 losses for quarterbacks comparable to Trubisky. 

Rex Grossman beat the Minnesota Vikings, 13-10, in his first career start back in 2003; he completed 13 of 30 passes for 157 yards with neither a touchdown nor an interception. 

Those past histories won’t impact what Mitchell Trubisky does on Monday — they’re more for context of how rookie quarterbacks play in their respective first career starts. The situation into which Trubisky is parachuting on Monday night is different, with the Bears needing a spark after four underwhelming-at-best games from Mike Glennon. 

Mike Zimmer’s Vikings defense is solid and standouts like defensive end Everson Griffin, safety Harrison Smith and cornerback Xavier Rhodes will give the Bears and Trubisky problems. But Minnesota will be without rookie running back Dalvin Cook, and while quarterback Sam Bradford is expected back, the lack of a running game could make this offense one-dimensional on Monday. The Vikings managed just seven points last weekend against the Detroit Lions. 

The prediction here is the Bears’ defense — even without Danny Trevathan and Willie Young, among others — is solid enough to give Trubisky a chance to win his first start. And if his big plays outweigh his mistakes, that’s what the Bears will do. 

Prediction: Bears 21, Vikings 17

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who should the Bears sign, Allen Hurns or Cam Meredith?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who should the Bears sign, Allen Hurns or Cam Meredith?

On this episode of SportsTalk Live, Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times), Chris Emma (670 The Score) and Ben Finfer join Luke Stuckmeyer on the panel.

Allen Robinson’s former Jaguars teammate is a free agent. Would signing Allen Hurns make sense for the Bears?

Plus, Loyola has traffic problems on the Road to the Final Four and the guys debate the biggest need for the Blackhawks heading into a long offseason.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Kyle Fuller believes he's a Top 5 cornerback in the NFL

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Kyle Fuller believes he's a Top 5 cornerback in the NFL

Kyle Fuller caused a bit of a panic late Friday afternoon when a report dropped that he signed an offer sheet with the Green Bay Packers. For a few hours, the prospect — even if it was always unlikely — of the Bears losing their best cornerback to their arch rivals to the north loomed over Chicago. 

For Fuller, though, he said he barely had time to think about the possibility of cashing in on his breakout 2017 season with the Packers. The Bears quickly matched the offer sheet, officially announcing the four-year deal Tuesday that makes Fuller one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL. 

“It was crazy not really knowing what to expect,” Fuller said. “I would have never expected it. But when (the Packers’ offer sheet) came, it was definitely something to consider, just on the business side of it. At the end of the day, how it all played out, I’m definitely happy.”

Fuller sounded like someone who took a more passive role to his quasi-restricted free agency that was set about when the Bears placed the transition tag on him, allowing them to match any offer sheet that he were to sign. Fuller said he didn’t know all the details of what was going on with offer sheets coming in and negotiations with the Bears.

“I kinda was just getting the information from (my agents) and going with the flow of everything and knowing that at the end of the day it would end up working out,” Fuller said. 

The $14 million average annual value of Fuller’s contract ranks fifth among cornerbacks, behind only Washington’s Josh Norman ($15 million), New York’s Trumaine Johnson ($14.5 million) Minnesota’s Xavier Rhodes ($14.02 million) and Arizona’s Patrick Peterson ($14.01 million), according to Spotrac. 

Fuller said he considers himself a top-five cornerback in the league, and he played like someone who could wind up in that discussion in 2017. The 2014 first-round pick was one of four players to break up 20 or more passes last year, and he picked off two passes in December while providing excellent support against the run. 

“We could not be happier to have Kyle under contract for four more years,” general manager Ryan Pace said. “We feel he is an ascending player on our top 10 defense and we look forward to him having many more productive seasons here in Chicago.”