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Despite the big win, Mitch Trubisky struggled in his return from injury

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Despite the big win, Mitch Trubisky struggled in his return from injury

The stats weren't exactly pretty. 

In his first game back from a shoulder injury that kept him out for two weeks, Mitch Trubisky struggled in the Bears' 15-6 win over the LA Rams. 

His final numbers left a bit to be desired: 16-30 for 110 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions - good for a 33.3 rating that wasn't even the worst QB rating of the night. Was a cold night -- the temperatures hovered in the high-20's all night -- partially to blame?

"I don't know. I wouldn't say the cold affected me at all," Trubisky said. "Not playing two weeks, I don't know if that affected tonight. I know it definitely sucked being out for me mentally. I think I just need to be better all the way around."

While he admitted that he felt a good bit of adrenaline and anxiety heading into the game, Trubisky wouldn't divert blame anywhere but himself. 

"Yeah, I'm pretty disappointed in myself, the way that I played, especially being out two weeks," he said. "I mean, it's hard to be down when you get such a big win like that. You got to put your own selfish thoughts about how you played aside. Did you play well, play bad? It's a bad thing about yourself. We got such a huge team win."

For his part, head coach Matt Nagy admitted he'd seen better games from the 2nd-year QB. A 33.3 QBR might be ugly, but a W over the best team in football is anything but. 

"When you look at it numbers-wise, I think there were some throws -- some of the interceptions sailed on him," Nagy said. "It wasn't his best game. You know, what I told him, I said, who cares. We're about winning games."

"In the end, do I care? Can we be better as an offense? Yes. Do I care about numbers? Not one bit." 

Under Center Podcast: Checking in on the Lions with ESPN’s Mike Rothstein

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Under Center Podcast: Checking in on the Lions with ESPN’s Mike Rothstein

JJ Stankevitz is joined by ESPN Lions reporter Mike Rothstein to dive into how close Detroit is to cleaning house (1:00), expectations for Matthew Stafford (5:50) and T.J. Hockenson (10:00), what new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s scheme looks like (13:45), where the Lions are strongest and weakest on defense (16:50) and if this team actually respects Matt Patricia (22:20).

Plus, Mike discusses the story he co-wrote on the rise and fall of the AAF and what it would take for a spring football league to succeed (26:10).

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Bears rookie WR Riley Ridley motivated by older brother, family name

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Bears rookie WR Riley Ridley motivated by older brother, family name

Bears fourth-round pick Riley Ridley knew what to expect coming into the NFL thanks to his older brother Calvin, the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver.

Their family bond kept them close even as they played for rival colleges and now competing professional teams, and they both take a lot of motivation from the name on the back of their jerseys.

The two receivers came together on camera for the Bears’ “Meet the Rookies” series.

“We do what we do, not just for the family, but for our name, our brand,” Riley Ridley said. “We want to take that as far as it can go. That Ridley name is strong, and that’s how we view it.”

Ridley opened up about growing up with his mother raising him and his three brothers. He said he’s going to be his own biggest critic and do everything he can to help his teammates.

His brother Calvin added some color to the image of Riley that’s starting to take shape.

“Very funny, really cool, laid back,” Calvin Ridley said. “He’s a different person on the field. I would say he has a lot of anger on the field — very physical.”

Matt Nagy should find good use for that physicality in the Bears offense, plugging Ridley in a wide receiver group already deep with young talent.

Ridley doesn’t seem like the type of player who will allow himself to get buried on the depth chart.