Mitch Trubisky laid a blueprint for the Bears' playoff success

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Mitch Trubisky laid a blueprint for the Bears' playoff success

Consider what Mitch Trubisky did in Sunday’s NFC North-clinching win over the Green Bay Packers a blueprint for what the Bears will need from their quarterback in the playoffs. 
Before his efficient-yet-not-spectacular game, Trubisky expressed frustration with his play last weekend against the Los Angeles Rams — which statistically was the worst game of his career. He felt like he was too excited to return to the field after a two-week absence, leading to him trying to do too much and throwing three interceptions with a brutal 33.3 passer rating. 
So Trubisky made it clear last week what he needed to do against the Green Bay Packers: Make good decisions, get the ball to his playmakers and not try to do too much. 
And that’s exactly what Trubisky did in the Bears’ NFC North-clinching 24-17 win over the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Soldier Field. Trubisky didn’t make any blatantly bad decisions with the ball and made plays when he needed to, completing 20 of 28 passes for 235 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, good for a 120.4 passer rating. 
Trubisky’s longest completion in the air traveled 23 yards beyond the line of scrimmage — and that was when he deftly avoided a blitz and was flushed out of the pocket, finding tight end Adam Shaheen with an outstanding throw toward the sideline. Otherwise, Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine kept a zone-oriented lid on the Bears’ deep passing attack, and Trubisky was happy to operate within those constraints. 
“That's exactly what I wanted to do,” Trubisky said. “We knew they weren't going to give us anything deep so it was going to be a grind it out game, take what they give us underneath and just find completions. So that's what I wanted to do all day, just stack completions. 
“I knew we would break some tackles and then you get some longer plays and then when we get to the red zone we need convert. But the main thing is we wanted to stay out of third down. We know they could throw a bunch of funky stuff at us on third down, and that was just my mindset this whole game, don't do anything crazy, don't try to make a splash, just completions after completions and it resulted in first downs and it helped create a rhythm within the offense that I think helped all day.”
The Bears might not need Trubisky to be their hero when their first playoff appearance in eight years rolls around in January. They have the league’s best defense, one that held the Rams to six points and didn’t allow Aaron Rodgers to throw for a touchdown on Sunday. Green Bay’s only touchdown drive came on a short field after a fake punt backfired. 
The Bears only had two three-and-outs — one of which came late in the fourth quarter after Eddie Jackson’s interception — and at the very least owned the field position battle, outside of that fake punt. Taking away that fake punt, the Packers started their other 10 drives on average on their own 21-yard line. 
“I'm super proud of him,” coach Matt Nagy said. “… When you have this defense and you're able to play with such a great defense and have that field position, protect the football and not throw interceptions, we're always going to have an opportunity.”
And on top of all that, Trubisky did make some critical plays. His knack for avoiding blitzes showed up in a big way, for one. And his strike to a wide-open Trey Burton for a go-ahead fourth quarter touchdown was the product of not only an excellent throw, but excellent anticipation from the second-year quarterback. 
“That was a conviction throw,” Nagy said. “When he does that, he's tough to stop.”
This was the Trubisky the Bears will need to see in the playoffs. If he’s better? That’s, of course, a bonus. But the Bears will be legitimate contenders to take a trip to Atlanta if Trubisky plays the way he did against Green Bay come January. 
“He stepped up to the plate,” running back Tarik Cohen said. “Whenever his number’s called, he’s going to make the play that needed to be made.” 

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Rams' trade for Jalen Ramsey will have a direct impact on Bears' season

Rams' trade for Jalen Ramsey will have a direct impact on Bears' season

The Los Angeles Rams pulled off a blockbuster trade for Jacksonville Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey Tuesday night, sending two first-round picks (2020 and 2021) and a 2021 fourth-round pick for the superstar defender.

It's the second trade the Rams have accomplished in one day. Los Angeles shipped CB Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens for LB Kenny Young and a 2020 fifth-round pick earlier on Tuesday, completing a makeover in their secondary that will have a direct impact the Chicago Bears this season.

The Bears travel to Los Angeles to face the Rams in Week 11 as part of a brutal five-game stretch coming off of their bye week. Ramsey makes it even worse.

The Rams had little choice but to pull off a mega-deal like this. They're entering Week 7 with the 19th ranked pass defense and an underwhelming 3-3 record, a far cry from the expectations for last year's Super Bowl runner-up.

Mitch Trubisky and the Bears offense will have their hands full on November 17. The combination of Aaron Donald on the defensive line and Ramsey in the secondary is as intimidating as any defensive duo in the NFL and is capable of destroying even the smartest and most efficient passing attacks. And that's not exactly Chicago's pass offense so far.

Trubisky, who's expected to return from a left shoulder injury Sunday against the Saints, hasn't proven this season that he's capable of staring down the barrel of a Donald-Ramsey alliance. It will be a ridiculously difficult challenge for a quarterback who's still finding his way as a pro.

Ramsey has missed the last three games for a variety of reasons, most of which appear as tricks to remain healthy in anticipation of a trade.  He's a two-time Pro Bowler and has nine interceptions from 2016-2018.

Now, Ramsey is an opponent on Chicago's 2019 schedule. 

Power Ranking Roundup: The bye week didn't do the Bears any favors

Power Ranking Roundup: The bye week didn't do the Bears any favors

The Bears didn't play last week, but did that stop them from falling in Power Rankings across The Web? It did not! Going into the bye on a loss never fails to stoke the panic. Here's what they're saying: 

NBC Sports Chicago -- #16
Their power rankings slide is because of how well other teams performed Sunday; Chicago doesn't feel like a top-15 team when compared to the rest of the NFL. -- #9
The Bears do have a player who's good at all that stuff when given a chance -- that would be running back Tarik Cohen, who already had nine such "big plays" through five games a year ago. In 2019? He has just one, despite being healthy and available each week. Bears coach Matt Nagy needs to get Cohen involved.

ESPN -- #16
Their vertical passing attack is limited with Mitchell Trubisky or Chase Daniel at quarterback. The offense has been equally ineffective on the ground. Chicago has gained eight or more rushing yards on just 10 running plays through five games.

Bleacher Report -- #10
Chicago had best make good use of this week off and get things figured out. Four of the team's next five games after the bye are against teams that made the postseason a year ago, including trips to face the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Rams.

Sports Illustrated -- #17
A Vikings win this week and strong starts from the Lions and Packers suddenly raises the stake Sunday’s game against the Saints. Unfortunately, New Orleans has a similarly great defense and a much better offense than the Bears.

CBS Sports -- #13
They come off the bye looking to generate more on offense. But it was the defense that also had some issues in London. That unit needs to pick it up as well.

USA Today -- #14
Coming out of bye, club currently just outside playoff picture hits brutal stretch with just two of final 11 opponents currently below .500.

Yahoo Sports -- #11
The Bears have only two games left against teams who are currently under .500. They face the Chargers and Giants, who are both 2-4 and not totally incapable. If the Bears make it back to the playoffs, it’ll be impressive.

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