Week 12

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.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix continued productive season in Week 12 win over Giants

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix continued productive season in Week 12 win over Giants

The Bears faced a difficult decision last offseason when free-agent safety Adrian Amos was about to hit the open market. Instead of re-signing the former fifth-round pick from 2015, Ryan Pace's first draft as Bears general manager, Chicago allowed the hard-hitting defender to test the open market. It resulted in a four-year, $36 million contract with the Green Bay Packers and left the Bears scrambling for his replacement.

But maybe it wasn't much of a scramble at all. Maybe Pace had his eye on another member of last year's free-agent class who he thought could actually provide an upgrade to the secondary: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Clinton-Dix signed a one-year, $3.6 million prove-it deal with the Bears to fill the void left by Amos' departure, and through 11 games this season, he's provided the secondary with more juice and upside as a playmaker. In Sunday's 19-14 win over the New York Giants, he led the team in tackles (seven), added a pass breakup and was seemingly in the right place at the right time whenever the Bears needed a big play.

This is nothing new for Clinton-Dix, who entered Week 12 fourth on the Bears in tackles, second in interceptions and fifth in passes defended. He's been the kind of all-around third-level defender they were missing opposite Eddie Jackson, whose play has regressed a bit this year. Clinton-Dix's presence in the backend has helped offset the damage.

Pro Football Focus recently named Clinton-Dix the Bears' most underrated defender, and Sunday's performance was proof of that. According to PFF, Clinton-Dix has allowed a passer rating of just 43.9 when targeted, ranking sixth-best at his position in the league. 

The Bears haven't had many bright spots in what's been an all-around down year, but Clinton-Dix is an exception. He's been fantastic and has played his way into what should be a new multi-year contract this offseason.

WATCH: Mitch Trubisky leads Bears to two 3rd-quarter TDs vs. Giants

WATCH: Mitch Trubisky leads Bears to two 3rd-quarter TDs vs. Giants

Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky is finally having himself a really good day in Week 12 against the New York Giants. At least, prior to his fourth-quarter interception, he was looking really good.

Through three quarters, Trubsisky threw for 262 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He's added 21 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground, too.

He had a particularly explosive third quarter when he connected on a 32-yard touchdown to Allen Robinson and ran one in from two yards out.

The Bears lead 19-7 early in the fourth quarter.

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