Mitch Trubisky on pace to break Bears’ records for passing yards, TDs in a season

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The Bears don’t have a history of great quarterbacks, so it’s unsurprising that their franchise records for passing yards and passing touchdowns aren’t too impressive. But it’s still surprising that Mitchell Trubisky, in only his second NFL season, is on pace to break those records.

Erik Kramer owns the Chicago Bears franchise records for passing yards in a season, with 3,838, and for passing touchdowns in a season, with 29. He set both of those records in 1995, and the Bears haven’t been able to find a better quarterback since. Trubisky may finally break those records since then.

Through nine games this season, Trubisky has 2,304 passing yards, which puts him on pace to finish this season with 4,096 yards. And he has 19 passing touchdowns, which puts him on pace to finish this season with 34 touchdowns. Trubisky is actually ahead of pace and would break the touchdown record in the Bears’ 14th game and the yardage record in the Bears’ 15th game if he continues at his current pace.

There are still those who have doubts about Trubisky, and who question whether it was really wise for G.M. Ryan Pace to trade up for Trubisky in last year’s draft, when he could have stayed put or even traded down and drafted Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson. But Trubisky is starting to put the doubts about him to rest. He’s been playing his best football recently, and playing some of the best football Chicago has ever seen from a quarterback.

54 responses to “Mitch Trubisky on pace to break Bears’ records for passing yards, TDs in a season

  1. It’s so good to see our rivals doing well, and their fans supporting our Packers.
    You’d think they’d be talking about their Bears. But they don’t.
    Instead, they sit in a booth and back the Pack.

  2. Passing records don’t matter now. Offense in the NFL now is like playing Madden on Easy mode. Joe Montana never threw for 4000 yards while Matthew Stafford has thrown for 5000. So Stafford must be a better quarterback….

  3. The Bears beat the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions. One notable win over Seattle. They have the 49ers, Giants and other not so good teams left. Somebody was grateful with the scheduling. Trubisky should have 50 touchdown passes.

  4. He has great intangibles and he inspires his teammates to play hard for him, which we haven’t seen from a Bears QB in a long time. That alone is helping a lot.

  5. He’s young, inexperienced, in his first year in the offense and sometimes it shows. And they’re 6-3, leading the division, and he’s on a record-setting pace.

    Not great news for the rest of the NFC North going forward.

  6. One problem the NFL has overpaying quarterbacks with no resume. Stafford, Garoppolo, Carr, Cousins and others all with little or no playoff experience getting top dollar. Bortles has been more successful at postseason then the listed Superstars LOL. These kids have a lot of work to do but they can’t do it when getting top dollar prematurely.

  7. You know, the schedule is the schedule. Yes, they were in last place in their division last year, so you get who is on your schedule. They beat Buffalo. Buffalo beat the Vikes. They beat Tampa. Tampa beat the Saints. I get the whole strength of schedule thing but the goal is to win as many of the games in front of you as you can. The team is better than most people thought, they are finding ways to win and they have lost three games by a combined 11 points.

  8. Meanwhile, way too many Bears think he is mediocre or stinks and try to tear him down. The same people who think Ditka was the best coach ever. SMH. Sad.

  9. I agree passing records aren’t what they used to be, but when Eric Kramer owns two of your single season records it’s a welcome change to see them broken

  10. forgetaboutitbro says:
    November 13, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    I bet he’s on pace for rushing yards by a qb also in chi town
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    Those of us who have been around for a while remember Bobby Douglas, who played for the Bears from 1969 to 1975. He set the all-time record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 968 in 1972. He had 141 rush attempts and 198 pass attempts, completing 37.9% of them. His yards per pass attempt was 6.3 and yards per rush was 6.9.

  11. I thought Neil Anderson and Cedric Benson were going to be unstoppable. I was ecstatic when they got Cutler. I thought Gabe Carimi was the answer at tackle. I thought they also should have grabbed John Moffitt in the second round of that draft. All those guys suck eggs, so I clearly suck as a talent evaluator, but I’ll be damned if I don’t enjoy watching these Bears. I was a bandwagon fan in ’85, and this is only the second season since that I’ve enjoyed being a fan.

  12. Oh now it’s the schedule…never mind the fact that the Packers, Vikings and Lions all have the same schedule except for 2 games…bahahahahahaha. Holy sweet baby Jesus.

  13. thefirm2018 says:
    November 13, 2018 at 2:41 pm
    The Bears beat the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions. One notable win over Seattle. They have the 49ers, Giants and other not so good teams left. Somebody was grateful with the scheduling. Trubisky should have 50 touchdown passes.

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    Didn’t the Vikings lose against the Bills.. at home?

  14. Last year’s offensive talent and coaching probably set Trubisky back a year instead of helping him. He’s still got a lot to learn, but there’s a lot to like. A lot of hate is simply because Mahomes is playing better and Watson was so good last year for half a season, which is really unfair to him. His bad games are not really that bad and his good games are very, very good – that’s a great sign for a young QB. As many young QBs have proven the last few years, judging them prematurely is *extremely* stupid.

  15. Yes the Vikings we’re Smoked by Buffalo. It’s probable Chicago loses both contest versus the Vikings. The AFC it’s generally the stronger conference. However Super Bowls are stolen with anybody can beat anybody On Any Given Sunday.

  16. Kahlil Mack has seemingly infused that whole roster with confidence. Haven’t paid much attention to Da Bears in the past but have watched this year when Mack plays. It’s not only the ridiculous plays he makes, but the way he carries himself. Has to inspire his coaches and teammates.
    Maybe this was the final piece of the puzzle Trubisky needed to take his game to the next level.

  17. forgetaboutitbro says:
    November 13, 2018 at 2:38 pm
    I bet he’s on pace for rushing yards by a qb also in chi town
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    Actually, the Bears QB record is 900+ yards

  18. The best part of what Trubisky is doing is that he is winning. He doesn’t seem to be worried or concerned about personal records and that’s what makes him loved by his team mates and coaches. He seems to be a great leader. That alone makes him a guy all Bear fans I think can appreciate.

  19. thefirm2018 says:
    November 13, 2018 at 2:41 pm
    The Bears beat the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions. One notable win over Seattle. They have the 49ers, Giants and other not so good teams left. Somebody was grateful with the scheduling. Trubisky should have 50 touchdown passes.
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    What are the bears supposed to do, boycott the schedule they were given? Should we put an asterisk next teams based on their schedule? A win is a win, and if its against a poor team, then they better do what they’ve done, win by double digits. What more do you expect?

  20. thefirm2018 says:
    November 13, 2018 at 3:54 pm
    Yes the Vikings we’re Smoked by Buffalo. It’s probable Chicago loses both contest versus the Vikings. The AFC it’s generally the stronger conference. However Super Bowls are stolen with anybody can beat anybody On Any Given Sunday.
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    Just who have the Vikes beaten? Niners, Eagles (who are a shell of last years team) Cardinals, Jets and Lions …. that’s impressive

  21. thefirm2018 says:
    November 13, 2018 at 2:41 pm
    The Bears beat the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions. One notable win over Seattle. They have the 49ers, Giants and other not so good teams left. Somebody was grateful with the scheduling. Trubisky should have 50 touchdown passes.
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    Those are basically the same teams the Vikes have beaten, oh wait – they lost to Buffalo. I guess the Vikes notable win isn’t even a win. It’s a tie vs GB.

  22. The Vikings were not “smoked” by the Bills dude.
    They turned it over in Their own end twice and made countless other critical mistakes.
    Not sure why this is being brought up. What is the significance to this thread? Just because someone mentioned they were a lousy opponent?
    Have you watched the 7 of the 9 games the Bills have played?

  23. The schedule is the schedule, and Buffalo won at Minnesota (a strong preseason pick by many to win the NFC) and the Lions beat the Packers. Both are supposedly better teams. What I’m encouraged by, is even in their losses, the should have probably won two of those (but in fairness also could have lost to Az), and came a yard short from evening up the other loss.

    Every team gets cupcakes on their schedule, and they often change each season. You’re supposed to beat those teams, and so far they are.

  24. “The AFC it’s generally the stronger conference.”

    Huh? There are ten teams with a record of 6-3 or better. 5 are AFC, 5 are NFC. There are 11 teams at 3-6 or worse, and 6 are AFC, 5 are NFC.
    Seems pretty balanced to me.


  25. DadJeans says:
    November 13, 2018 at 3:25 pm
    I thought Neil Anderson and Cedric Benson were going to be unstoppable. I was ecstatic when they got Cutler. I thought Gabe Carimi was the answer at tackle. I thought they also should have grabbed John Moffitt in the second round of that draft. All those guys suck eggs, so I clearly suck as a talent evaluator, but I’ll be damned if I don’t enjoy watching these Bears. I was a bandwagon fan in ’85, and this is only the second season since that I’ve enjoyed being a fan.”

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    Honestly, I didn’t expect more than improvement. Nagy seemed like a really good candidate, but we’ve all seen it before, only to have Lucy rip the ball away before we kick it (or in Parker’s case, hit the post). I just wanted a more competitive team that was improving, especially Trubisky, as the season went along.

    They’re fun to watch. I’m going to enjoy this ride and save my realistic expectations for next season. It feels like a free year to watch them without those expectations.

  26. “The Vikings were not “smoked” by the Bills dude.
    They turned it over in Their own end twice and made countless other critical mistakes.”

    It’s a different kind of loss when it happens to your team vs another team. The NFL needs to add an asterisk to the losses not deemed worthy of an actual loss.

  27. 2ruefan says:
    November 13, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    The Vikings were not “smoked” by the Bills dude.
    They turned it over in Their own end twice and made countless other critical mistakes.
    Not sure why this is being brought up. What is the significance to this thread? Just because someone mentioned they were a lousy opponent?
    Have you watched the 7 of the 9 games the Bills have played?

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    I’ve watched all the Bills games this year. The Vikings game was the best, most complete game the Bills have played in years. They were able to take advantage of the Vikings mistakes, including penalties and turnovers, while at the same time not making mistakes, like turnovers and dumb penalties of their own. In the games just before the Jets, the Bills were up to their old tricks of pre-snap penalties and generally bad football.

    Not sure what the Jets game proved, but I didn’t realize just how bad the Jets are.

  28. It’s comical that we are talking about how great Trubisky is. Look at the games he has “played really well” in. Look at the competition. If you have any free time (which most of you do) look at that other teams defense and try not to laugh. I hate the Vikings but I could see him maybe passing for 100 yards against them. He isn’t the reason why the Bears are winning. Their last place schedule and their great defense is.

  29. People bringing the schedule into the picture is such a weak take. You do realize that EVERY NFL team’s schedule is pretty much written from now to eternity, aside from any major changes in the league. The Bears had 13 games on their schedule already determined (as did every other team) regardless of how they finished in the division: NFC North (6 games) NFC West (4 games) AFC East (4 games). The Bears final 2 games, TWO, were based off of finishing last in the division (NYG and TB) so far they have played ONE of those teams. Sorry The schedules can’t be re-written weekly to face only the “good teams”
    Also – When you are blowing out all those bad teams week after week, you are doing something right.

  30. The Bears are definitely playing better than I thought they would this year, by quite a margin. Sunday night will be the tell tale sign if they made that quick leap, or they are still a year away. All things being equal, I think the Vikings are still the better team, and the Vikings are playing very well right now. Now, turnovers is always the great equalizer. Bears get 2 TO’s on the Vikes, they should win. Turnovers equal? I’m taking Vikings.

  31. For all the talk about Rams-Chiefs, Bears-Rams in three weeks could be a very interesting game. The Bears’ next three games are very winnable. Sunday night at home vs. Vikings is the hardest of the bunch, with the hapless Lions and Giants after. Good chance the Bears ride into that game with a 9-3 or 8-4 at worst record. Watch out for the Bears….

  32. trubiskyisjustahairbetterthankyleorton says:
    November 13, 2018 at 4:50 pm
    It’s comical that we are talking about how great Trubisky is. Look at the games he has “played really well” in. Look at the competition. If you have any free time (which most of you do) look at that other teams defense and try not to laugh. I hate the Vikings but I could see him maybe passing for 100 yards against them. He isn’t the reason why the Bears are winning. Their last place schedule and their great defense is.
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    You’re right, I miss all those 300 yard games with multiple TD passes from Orton. LOL …. stick to tennis dude

  33. “It’s comical that we are talking about how great Trubisky is. Look at the games he has “played really well” in. Look at the competition. If you have any free time (which most of you do) look at that other teams defense and try not to laugh. I hate the Vikings but I could see him maybe passing for 100 yards against them. He isn’t the reason why the Bears are winning. Their last place schedule and their great defense is.”
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    I don’t think you’ve actually watched all the games if you think Trubisky is simply riding a great defense. The defense has only been great in half the games. The Bears have been ahead in every game, and all their losses (with the exception of NE) should have been wins if the defense (and special teams) do their job.

    Let’s recap Trubisky’s season so far:

    Games 1-4:

    GB L23-24 – not a very good game for T, but the defense lost this after a huge lead. Big lead in the first half by the offense and good play by the defense lost in the 2nd half.
    SEA W24-17 – good defensive game. T. had 2 TDs but also 2 INTs, one tipped. Led scoring drive in the 4th quarter. Wilson played well for the seahawks.
    ARI W16-14 – good defensive game again. T. didn’t win the game but didn’t lose it. bad sack strip for him. Trubisky led a winning FG drive at the end. Missed FGs plagued them.,
    TB W48-10 – trubisky absolutely smoked a bad defense. bears defense was stellar

    Games 5-8

    MIA L28-31(OT) – trubisky played very well, 3 TD – 1 INT. the defense and ST were terrible. should have won this game several ways, but not his fault
    NE L31-38 – 2 TD 2 INT – I think maybe his worst game since the first couple, very uneven, but good second half. Defense had a lot of problems again, though it was against the pats. Had some good runs as well.
    NYJ W24-10 – 2 TD. Good play, not anything special. The defense played well again, even without Mack.
    BUF W41-9 – 1 TD, 1 INT He played okay, buffalo defense is underrated. Didn’t have a lot of opportunities or need to do a lot with the defense playing well.

    G 9-

    DET W34-22 3 TD 0 INT – maybe his best game, detroit defense isn’t good. The bears defensive played aggressive again with Mack back.

    A quick summary would be early on, Trubisky didn’t played well, was very much a game manager and a young QB in the first year of a complex system. Since the #3 game against arizona, he’s had two games where he’s struggled: NE and BUF. Even with all of BUF’s problems, their defense is legit. NE is NE..

  34. trubiskyisjustahairbetterthankyleorton says:
    November 13, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    I hate the Vikings but I could see him maybe passing for 100 yards against them. He isn’t the reason why the Bears are winning. Their last place schedule and their great defense is.
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    Correct, his 65% comp, 2,304 yards, 23 TDs, 101.6 passer rating this season has nothing to do with their victories. But Kyle Orton with his 3 year CHI Career 55% comp, 5,319 yard, 30 TDs, passer rating of 71.1 would easily done just as good.

    Really excited to see your posts Monday morning

  35. trubiskyisjustahairbetterthankyleorton says:
    November 13, 2018 at 4:50 pm
    It’s comical that we are talking about how great Trubisky is. Look at the games he has “played really well” in. Look at the competition. If you have any free time (which most of you do) look at that other teams defense and try not to laugh. I hate the Vikings but I could see him maybe passing for 100 yards against them. He isn’t the reason why the Bears are winning. Their last place schedule and their great defense is.
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    You’re right, I miss all those 300 yard games with multiple TD passes from Orton. LOL …. stick to tennis dude

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    Orton has playoffs wins. Something that Mitchy will never get or even have a chance to get. Bears gave up 2 first round picks to get back to mediocrity. GOOD JOB!

  36. trubiskyisjustahairbetterthankyleorton says:
    November 13, 2018 at 5:34 pm
    trubiskyisjustahairbetterthankyleorton says:
    November 13, 2018 at 4:50 pm
    It’s comical that we are talking about how great Trubisky is. Look at the games he has “played really well” in. Look at the competition. If you have any free time (which most of you do) look at that other teams defense and try not to laugh. I hate the Vikings but I could see him maybe passing for 100 yards against them. He isn’t the reason why the Bears are winning. Their last place schedule and their great defense is.
    ________________________
    You’re right, I miss all those 300 yard games with multiple TD passes from Orton. LOL …. stick to tennis dude
    **********
    Orton has playoffs wins. Something that Mitchy will never get or even have a chance to get. Bears gave up 2 first round picks to get back to mediocrity. GOOD JOB!
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    Mitch Trubisky was a rookie on a bad team last year, ariani. How many playoff wins were you thinking he should have by now?

    Also, Kyle Orton has zero playoff appearances.

  37. The Bears schedule rhetoric is quite amusing. Were you all up in arms when the Bears played the toughest schedule in the league last season> You probably don’t realize that every team in the division plays virtually the same opponents save an opponent or two. Like I said amusing…

  38. It’s very simple, is Mitch Trubisky a better QB than the following in the Bears history:

    Mike Glennon
    Matt Barkely
    Brian Hoyer
    Jay Cutler
    Jimmy Clausen
    Josh McCown
    Jason Campbell
    Todd Collins
    Kyle Orton
    Rex Grossman
    Brian Griese
    Kordell Stewart
    Jim Miller
    Cade McNown
    Shane Matthews
    Erik Kramer
    Jim Harbaugh
    Mike Tomczak
    Jim McMahon (excluding a Superbowl win)

    YES!

  39. It’s a damn shame that any ol Schmo QB can spend their whole careers under these QB-friendly rules. This guy just waltzing in, tarnishing Jay Cutler’s legacy…

  40. xney says:

    GB L23-24 – not a very good game for T, but the defense lost this after a huge lead. Big lead in the first half by the offense and good play by the defense lost in the 2nd half.
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    It was the defense’s fault?

    The defense scored just as many TD’s in the first half as the offense – to help provide a 17 – 0 lead at half time. I’m not sure that’s a “huge” lead, but if not for Mack’s INT return for a TD – it would only have been 10 – 0 (or possibly 10 – 7).

    The offense only managed 6 points in the second half. 1 TD drive would probably have won the game by keeping the GB offense off the field.

    The Bears opening drive to start the 2nd half led to only a FG instead of a TD.

    The offense went 3 and out on the next possession.

    After the 3 and out (no rest for the defense) – the Packers scored their first TD.

    They were 3 and out on the following possession.

    After the 3 and out (no rest for the defense) – the Packers scored their second TD.

    The following drive they were once again stopped in the red zone and forced to kick another FG instead of getting a TD.

    After settling for the FG instead of the TD – the Packers scored the winning TD.

    The Bears final possession, with the game on the line and 2:08 on the clock, the drive lasted just 1:02 when Trubisky was sacked at his own 38 yard line and fumbled on 4th down. A simple FG on this possession would have won the game.

    Looks to me like the offense in the second half was as much, if not more than, at fault for the loss.

  41. If Bears win, it’s because their opponents are terrible, if they lose it’s because they are terrible. If Trubisky has a mediocre game, it’s because he’s a clear bust, and if he has a good game the response simply is, “Mahomes is still better.”

    Can we at least get some new hot takes?

  42. Sorry, but giving up 21 points in the 4th quarter is mostly on the defense, not the offense. Additionally, Kyle Fuller dropped an INT that was right in his hands that would have ended the game. The offense could have done more to help, no doubt, and Mack had the INT return for a TD earlier in the game, but the defense should have stopped them. The defense had the halftime break, plus additional rest on the opening drive of the third quarter that took nearly 6 minutes off of the clock.

    The Packers didn’t score their first TD until early in the 4th quarter. On that drive, he Packers had the ball for just under 2 minutes and had the ball on their own 43 when the 3rd quarter ended. The defense got a rest during the break between quarters, and gave up the TD within a minute of the beginning of the 4th.

    On the 2nd TD drive, the Packers had a 1st and 15 on their own 20 and the Bears gave up 80 yards on 5 successive completed pass plays.

    Prior to the Packers 3rd TD drive, the Bears had the ball for nearly 6 1/2 minutes, and there were 4 combined time outs called by both teams. The Packers got the ball back and scored on a 75 yard catch-and-run on the 3rd play of the drive.

    The Bears gave one big play on each scoring drive, passes of 39, 51, and 75 yards. That’s on the defense. And it wasn’t as if the offense gave Green Bay a short field. The TD drives were 81, 75, and 75 yards. The 75 yard catch-and-run by Cobb was a defensive mess.

    You have to give Rodgers’ credit as well. His 39-yd TD pass to Allison was a perfect strike into the end zone, and he was 12 for 15 on the 3 TD drives.

    “The Bears final possession, with the game on the line and 2:08 on the clock, the drive lasted just 1:02 when Trubisky was sacked at his own 38 yard line and fumbled on 4th down. A simple FG on this possession would have won the game.”

    Duh. A simple FG would solve a lot of problems in a lot of games.

  43. Frank

    You have to be kidding me.

    Two consecutive 3 and outs by the Bear offense in the second half and only 1 TD in the whole game and you want to blame the defense?

    Wasting scoring opportunities and putting the other teams offense on the field is always an offensive problem.

  44. I’m sorry, but unless the special teams is turning the ball over for great field position, or the offense is turning the ball over for great field position or scores, losing a 17 point lead in a quarter is on the defense. The offense didn’t help, but I don’t think holding a three score lead is too much to ask of a supposed top-10 defense. The Bears lost all their confidence and aggression as a team when Rodgers came back.

    Is it all on the defense? Of course not. A lot of mistakes were made as a team to lose that game. The score was 20-3 at the start of the 4th quarter. Your defense needs to do their damn job. Putting that on Trubisky, a 2nd year QB making his first start in this offense, is crazy.

  45. gtodriver says:
    November 14, 2018 at 11:01 am
    Frank
    You have to be kidding me.
    Two consecutive 3 and outs by the Bear offense in the second half and only 1 TD in the whole game and you want to blame the defense?
    Wasting scoring opportunities and putting the other teams offense on the field is always an offensive problem.
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    Letting teams score on 3 drives of 75 yards or more in the 4th quarter is always a defensive problem.

  46. “Letting teams score on 3 drives of 75 yards or more in the 4th quarter is always a defensive problem.”

    Basically, I agree with that concept.

    It might not have happened though if your offense could have made a couple of first downs between TD 1 and TD 2…

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