Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
Great comeback win by the Bears! What a way to start the season. Just wondering how many Bears quarterbacks have thrown at least three touchdown passes without an interception in a season opener.
Mitchell Trubisky actually became the first quarterback in Bears history to pass for at least three touchdowns without throwing an interception in a season opener. It was Trubisky's fourth such career game overall, tied for the second most by a Bears quarterback since 1950 with Rudy Bukich and Bill Wade. The only individual with more is Jay Cutler with six. But again, Trubisky is the only Bears quarterback to do it in a season opener. He completed 20 of 36 passes for 242 yards with three TDs—all in the fourth quarter—and a 104.2 rating in last Sunday's thrilling 27-23 comeback win.
How many times have the Bears erased a 17-point deficit to win a game?
Last Sunday was the sixth time the Bears have rallied from at least 17 points down to win a game since 1980. It was the first time they've erased that big of a deficit entering the fourth quarter since 1998 when they outscored the Lions 21-0 in the final period (just like they did last Sunday) to turn a 27-10 deficit into a 31-27 victory at Soldier Field. The largest deficit the Bears have overcome to win since 1980 has been 20 points, a feat they've accomplished twice. They rallied from a 20-0 deficit to beat the Buccaneers 27-26 in Tampa Bay in 1987 and were down 23-3 before coming back to stun the Cardinals in Arizona 24-23 in a memorable 2006 Monday Night Football contest.
Was it just me or did the Bears run a more of a traditional offense against the Lions with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky under center more than he's been in the past few years?
Downers Grove, Illinois
It's not just you, Peter. Good observation. Coach Matt Nagy addressed that in his video call with reporters Monday. Referring to Mitchell Trubisky taking more snaps from under center against the Lions, Nagy said: "I think that it was pretty noticeable in regards to some of the differences that we had than in previous years, and that's a good thing." Nagy further explained that having Trubisky under center allowed the Bears to be more successful on plays that involved play-action fakes. Center Cody Whitehair revealed during his video call Tuesday that having Trubisky under center helps the offensive line, saying: "We can be more aggressive on our combo blocks and get to the second level."
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