Mitchell Trubisky plays his best game as Bears blow out the Bengals

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After spending much of his rookie season playing in a safe, cautious, run-first offense, Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was permitted to air it out today in Cincinnati, and he delivered in a big way.

Trubisky played the best game of his young career, completing 25 of 32 passes for 271 yards, with a touchdown and no turnovers, as the Bears dominated the Bengals, 33-7.

It was an ugly performance on both sides of the ball from a Bengals team that was coming off a short week and a tough, physical loss on Monday night. But while it’s understandable that the Bengals weren’t at their best, it’s hard to excuse just how bad they looked.

In fact, we may look back and say this was the game that marked the end of Marvin Lewis’s tenure as the Bengals’ head coach. Bengals owner Mike Brown has afforded Lewis a great deal of job security, but at some point the team needs to make progress, and the Bengals have regressed significantly this year.

The Bears haven’t exactly made a lot of progress, either, and John Fox is on the hot seat as well. But Trubisky played well enough today to at least give the Bears some confidence that he’s their quarterback of the future — whether Fox is the person coaching him or not.

43 responses to “Mitchell Trubisky plays his best game as Bears blow out the Bengals

  1. I’ve never seen such a mass exodus of real Bengals fans like this in my 4+ decades. I’d think it’s now time or the damage may be irreversible.

  2. Not easy to replace defensive starters All-Pro signal calling LB Vontaze Burfict
    and All-Pro cornerback Adam Jones.

  3. Hopefully… there will be a bunch of good college offensive linemen
    available in the next nfl draft.

    The Bengals need about 5 of them.

  4. doctorrustbelt says:

    Not easy to replace defensive starters All-Pro signal calling LB Vontaze Burfict
    and All-Pro cornerback Adam Jones.

    Adam hasn’t played at a consistently high level since his last contract. Teams moved the ball pretty well with Burfict in there, I mean consider how easily Cleveland moved the ball.

    The Bengals have been scraping the mold off the bread and trying to convince the fanbase it’s still good to eat. No. It’s old, it’s stale, and it’s moldy. It’s time to get a new loaf.

  5. Hey Marvin, who you throwing under the bus today since John Ross wasn’t available? Why don’t you just resign cause it’s really just the fault of the guy in your mirror.

  6. “Adam hasn’t played at a consistently high level since his last contract. Teams moved the ball pretty well with Burfict in there, I mean consider how easily Cleveland moved the ball.
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    Yes… but… BOTH Jones and Burfict are the heart and soul of the Bengals Defense.

    Great leaders on the field, well studied in practice/playbook… and… without a doubt… MUCH BETTER than the players replacing them.

  7. He’s not going to fire Lewis because Mike Brown doesn’t care if they win or not. He may say he does but all he cares about is counting his money.

  8. “doctorrustbelt says:
    December 10, 2017 at 4:24 pm
    Not easy to replace defensive starters All-Pro signal calling LB Vontaze Burfict
    and All-Pro cornerback Adam Jones.”

    Know what’s real interesting about Burfict and the Bungles? The last time they won a playoff game was the year he was born.

    But hey, keep being proud. The Bungles are probably the best thing you’ve got going in your life.

    Who Dey? Who cares. They’re irrelevant.

  9. doctorrustbelt says:
    December 10, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Yes… but… BOTH Jones and Burfict are the heart and soul of the Bengals Defense.

    Great leaders on the field, well studied in practice/playbook… and… without a doubt… MUCH BETTER than the players replacing them.

    ———————————–
    I agree in principle, but how’s that working out for us? Teams go up and down the field like a marching band on this defense, whether they’re on the field or not. So, I’d question what relevance their leadership has had this year.

  10. As a Steeler fan, I’ve seen Marvis Lewis in this situation time and time again. And cheapskate Mike Brown ALWAYS stays the course. I doubt he makes a change, they’re too cheap to pay 2 coaches (not sure of Lewis’ contract situation) and because of the perpetual, Browns-like mismanagement of the team, it’s unlikely they bring in anyone better. But hey, I heard Jeff Fisher’s looking for a comeback.

  11. Is this the first time a team played a Sunday game after Monday night? If you’d listen to the commentators, you’d think it was! Let’s see how often that EXCUSE gets used tonight for the Steelers… my guess, NONE. Good teams find a way to win, not an excuse to lose!

  12. @dirtdawg53, shucks you’re just mad because the Browns blew it again and you want to stick it to Bengals fans. So sad.

  13. Marvin Lewis has never won a playoff game, had a losing record overall until just a few years ago, and can’t control his team on or off the field. Let’s be honest he should have been fired long before now. He brings NOTHING to the table.

  14. This was not surprising in lieu of the Bengals short week and critical injuries to their two best run stoppers, Burfict and Atkins. Also goes to show you how predictable both teams coaches are.

  15. doctorrustbelt says:
    December 10, 2017 at 5:30 pm
    The defense isn’t the real embarrassment.

    It’s the OFFENSIVE LINE.
    _________________________________
    Agreed, O-line and quarterback killed the season. It probably wasn’t Zampese’s fault. We messed up not giving Mike Zimmer the head coaching job.

  16. Dear Marv,

    What pictures do you have of Mr Brown that keeps you as HC?

    Dear Mr Brown,

    What pictures do you have that forces Marv to keep Bunglin’ as HC?

  17. doctorrustbelt says:

    December 10, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Not easy to replace defensive starters All-Pro signal calling LB Vontaze Burfict
    and All-Pro cornerback Adam Jones.

    ———————-

    There is nothing All-Pro about either of these goons….

  18. where to start…was that Dowell Kotite’s resume on display today?

    Brady Quinn gave the best statics today. The Bears lead the NFL by a country mile in running the ball on first down…the Bears predictable play calling has slowed Rookie QB Mitch Trubisky’s development and is another in a long list of reasons why Fox needs to go away.

  19. Marvin checked out a few games ago. He does not care 1 bit. He’s made almost $30 million in his 15 years in Cincy. Just go away.

    And I like how ESPN and company keep saying Baker Mayfield is like the 5th best QB in the draft. I think he is the next Joe Montana. I hope he is still there when the Bungles pick.
    Take him, cut or trade Daulton, let AJ play a while, then Baker is the future.

    But it all starts with a whole new staff. Not just Marvin gone, the whole staff. All the coaches just go. Let new coach come in and pick his entire staff ….

  20. Marvin needs to SELF-assess/scout. He is out coached week in and week out. Look at his record after bye week 14 days to prepare (1-13), not to mention the playoffs. Can’t manage clock (terrible challenges, penalties galore (especially on 3rd down and 173 yds last week!), makes no half time adjustments (dismal 2nd half), lst in the league in rushing (with talented rb’s Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard and Joe Mixon),takes no accountability (actually blames players in media), never prepared for “big” games, and has no clue how predictable he is. He can’t see the obvious problems every casual football fan can see (OL, can’t cover TE’s, can’t get ball to playmakers, let every decent player leave in FA, run same pass route every down (down and out for 3 yds), opposing Qb’s find our best cb, 27 (who leads league in pi’s and got $52 million) and pass to that wr he covers every play, opposing teams also can run TE’s against our lb’s all day, etc….) Bengals had some success (in the past due to competent coordinators. Any time the Bengals win it is in spite of his poor coaching. We consistently lose to a division rival, Pit. Last 3 drafts focused high picks on OL, Wr’s and Rb’s, which are their 3 biggest weaknesses, still. We also can’t forget all the discipline problems on and off the field. As a long time Bengal fan (36 years), I can say this guy has no understanding of NFL football and has always held the team back. Please go away before you run off the entire fan base. Steelers and Ravens aren’t the enemy, Marvin Lewis and Mike Brown are.

  21. I haven’t read any comments because I don’t care. However, Bears fans should be very happy. This season sucks, but they have found a QB for their future and starting next year will make the NFC North even harder to win.

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