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Mitch Trubisky, Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller headline Bears' top performers on offense vs. Giants

Mitch Trubisky, Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller headline Bears' top performers on offense vs. Giants

The Bears defeated the New York Giants 19-14 on Sunday in a game that finally provided a glimpse of what Matt Nagy's passing offense can be like when everything goes well. At least, the third quarter was.

Mitch Trubisky had one of his best games of the season, finishing with 278 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He easily could've had over 350 yards if it wasn't for tight end Ben Braunecker's first-quarter drop and center Cody Whitehair's illegal hands to the face penalty that wiped out a 60-yard reception by wide receiver Allen Robinson.

And while Trubisky's passer rating for the game wasn't great (69.0), he did end the contest with his second-best Pro Football Focus grade for the season: 71.7.

Trubisky's grade was the third-highest on offense; his primary targets ranked first and second.

Robinson, as usual, was the pace car for the Bears, registering an 80.3. He ended the game with six catches for 131 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 10 targets. Robinson wouldn't be denied on his 32-yard score, bullying Giants defensive back Corey Ballentine for the final five yards before crossing the goal line. He's been a stud all season long.

Anthony Miller may have had the most noteworthy performance of Sunday's win. The second-year receiver has struggled to make an impact on offense in 2019, but his effort against the Giants was the kind GM Ryan Pace hoped for when the Bears traded up for him in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Miller had six catches for 77 yards (on nine targets). He was quick and explosive in his routes and, for the first time all year, was in sync with Trubisky. If he can build off of his strong performance in Week 12, Miller can go into 2020 as a player on the rise, which is critical for the offense to continue its growth as Nagy embarks on his third season with the team.

While Sunday's win wasn't a perfect display of offense for the Bears, it certainly was a step in the right direction. It also marks three solid games in a row by Trubisky, whose development is a promising sign for a franchise that's still trying to find out if he's a franchise-level quarterback.

Report: Bears have ‘been in touch’ with Bengals about Andy Dalton trade

Report: Bears have ‘been in touch’ with Bengals about Andy Dalton trade

As the Bears look to acquire a veteran quarterback to push Mitch Trubisky, one name that’s been thrown around is Andy Dalton.

According to The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr., the Bears have “been in touch” with the Bengals regarding a potential Dalton trade.

Dalton comes with a hefty cap hit ($17.5 million) and is only under contract through 2020, but Trubisky being on his rookie deal would help the Bears stomach his salary. The 32-year-old threw for 3,494 yards with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season, sporting 78.3 passer rating.

Adding Dalton would give the Bears insurance in case Trubisky’s 2019 struggles persist next season. Dalton is an established veteran who is familiar with Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. The two worked together from 2016-18, when Lazor was Cincinnati’s quarterbacks coach (2016) and OC (2017-18).

Dehner’s report doesn't offer any specific packages the Bears and Bengals have discussed. However, barring a surprise, Cincinnati will select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow No. 1 overall in the NFL draft in two months. Considering Burrow is set to become the Bengals’ quarterback of the future, trading Dalton will give him the chance to play elsewhere.

The Bears have made it clear Trubisky is entering 2020 as their starter. However, someone like Dalton could usurp him if the former No. 2 overall pick can’t find his footing this season.

Black History Month: The courage to be a black quarterback

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Black History Month: The courage to be a black quarterback

NBCS Chicago is celebrating Black History Month with special episodes to discuss the impact of the black athlete in sports. In the final episode of the series, Laurence Holmes is joined by his "Football Aftershow" teammate and former Chicago Bear Alex Brown to discuss, making coaching in the NFL more diverse, is the Rooney Rule helping, and the common practice of moving black quarterbacks to other positions.

(4:20) - Alex Brown on being pushed to not play quarterback in high school

(9:15) - Jalen Hurts asked would he be willing to change positions in the NFL

(17:03) - Alex Brown on playing in a Super Bowl that featured 2 black head coaches

(22:12) - Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy not being mentioned for a head coaching job

(26:00) - Does the Rooney Rule work?

(40:35) - Overcoming unfairness

(44:28) - Watching a NFL where there are successful black quarterbacks

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player  below:

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