Mentor High School graduate Mitchell Trubisky began his second season as the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears in an NFC North Division rivalry game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field Sunday night.
Trubisky accounted for 203 yards of total offense in the 24-23 loss to the Packers, as he completed 23 of his 35 throws for 171 yards to eight different players, including wide receivers, tight ends and running backs, and ran for 32 yards and one score on seven carries.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft out of the University of North Carolina, Trubisky initiated the scoring when he rushed for a two-yard touchdown at the 7:11 mark of the first quarter.
On first-and-goal from Green Bay’s two-yard line, Trubisky took the shotgun snap from center, faked an inside draw handoff to running back Jordan Howard, managed to misdirect oncoming Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III and turned upfield.
After setting course for the end zone, Trubisky lowered his shoulder at the two-yard line and dove across the goal line for the touchdown.
Later in the first quarter, Trubisky and the Bears faced a second-and-eight from their own 34-yard line, but they would not be on their side of midfield for long.
With three wide receivers out to the right of the formation, Trubisky took the snap, surveyed the left side of the field for an open target, scanned back right and fired a throw deep down the sideline for Allen Robinson II.
Trubisky’s pass sailed over the shoulder of Packers defensive back Jaire Alexander and into Robinson’s hands for a first down at the Green Bay 33-yard line.
The 33-yard pass extended a Bears drive that former Cleveland Browns kicker Cody Parkey finished off with a 26-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter.
Over Chicago’s first two drives against the Packers, Trubisky went eight for nine for 99 yards.
After suffering the divisional loss, Trubisky and the Bears will look to get into the win column when they open the home portion of their schedule against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on Monday Night Football next week.
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