But then when the Bears took over at their own 10 with 2:32 to play, Trubisky's pass intended for Miller was intercepted by safety Harrison Smith, who was tackled at the Chicago 28. But it wouldn't have mattered since quarterback Sam Bradford was still in the game as a sitting duck on that bum left knee at that point.
With limited mobility, he completed just 5 of 11 passes for 36 yards and was sacked four times - including a safety by Leonard Floyd.
Against Minnesota, on his first two throws, the kid had completions of 12 and 13 yards to Kendall Wright and looked so smooth, so confident the first quarter when he was 7 of 9 for 64 yards. His pinpoint accuracy was on display, and if not for some key penalties that killed drives, the Bears might have won.
Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr stepped up to stop Miller, but found himself watching as Miller, a college quarterback, pitched the ball back to Trubisky for an easy stroll into the end zone. "I saw him coming and he cut somebody".
Just remember Chicago Bears fans: this was just the first step in what hopefully will be a long run for Trubisky and this team. I'm going to watch this film, be critical of myself. Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl safety Harrison Smith broke on the pass, swiping the ball and a chance for Trubisky to make a game-winning drive in his National Football League debut. But it's better to be lucky than good, and Trubisky got lucky on his first career touchdown pass courtesy of a deflection that was caught by Zach Miller. Minnesota went on to score late in the 4th quarter and steal the road victory from the Bears. Chicago is heading toward a Carson Wentz/Jared Goff situation for Year 2, when the Bears, it is hoped, will see the need to invest in upgrades to the receiving corps.
"I think it's cool to do things like that", Thielen said with a grin.
The game could have been not almost as close and a whole lot uglier had Trubisky not made a few key plays when things broke down. It should be an excellent game and for bettors seeking a real-time betting experience, bet365 Sports will be offering live in play markets throughout all four quarters of action.
Second: hot damn. That's just a special throw. Fortunately, Trubisky was up to the challenge, finally getting the offense their first score of the game. Bradford was limited in his return to practice on Thursday, but coach Mike Zimmer told reporters that "If he's ready to play, he'll play".
"I've tried to prepare like I've been the starter", Keenum said. "But I think he's going to get back and he's going to get better".
A tipped pass fell into the hands of a Chicago tight end to pull the Bears within two, meaning it was time to go for the tie with a two-point conversion. Especially when you make a play like that with an interception. In one particularly inept first-half sequence, they called a timeout, then sent out the punt team, then rushed the offense back on the field for a fourth-down gamble, then were penalized for delay of game when they didn't get the snap off in time. "That's what it's going to take from us week in, week out".
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