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Inside slant: 'Iron Mitch' leads Bears to win


Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky entered Soldier Field in grand style on Sunday, dressed as former Bears coach Mike Ditka, donning a throwback Bears sweater vest and Ditka-style shades.

"I'm dressed up as a legend," Trubisky said sporting the same attire after the game. "I'm usually not big into Halloween but had a little something brewed up for today. So just respecting one of the greats."

The second-year quarterback had a day that likely garnered respect from Ditka, completing 16 of 29 passes for 220 yards and throwing for two touchdowns.

After two straight impressive offensive performances with nothing to show for it, the Bears finally put all the pieces together on Sunday to pick up a 24-10 win against the Jets and snap a two-game skid.

After their first drive of the game produced a missed field goal, Trubisky and the Bears offense wasted no time in getting down the field for six on their second offensive possession.

Starting on their own 12-yard line, Trubisky found receiver Taylor Gabriel to his left on the first play. Gabriel juked one defender and used his speed to scramble ahead for an 18-yard pickup.

Two downs later, on a second-and-10 play, the Jets defense showed a zero look and the Bears dialed up a perfect play against it.

Trubisky baited the defense, and then dumped it ahead on a screen pass to running back Tarik Cohen, who was all alone. Cohen turned on the jets and went untouched for a 70-yard score, the longest Bears offensive play of the season.

"Coach [Matt Nagy] had a great call for that situation, and you see the look pre-snap and everything just works out post-snap," Trubisky said. "It's like a dream scenario."

It was the only Bears score of a first half that saw the two teams combine for 11 total completions, the fewest number in a first half this season in the NFL.

Despite taking a 7-3 lead into the locker room, the offense knew it had to pick up the pace in the second half to take home a win.

"They were doing a good job stopping us in the first half, but we also stopped ourselves a little bit there," Trubisky said. "I just need to be more consistent and finding completions and not trying to force a big play, just trying to move the ball and continue to convert on third downs."

In the second half, the Bears did just that. 

After back-to-back incompletions to start off their second series of the half, Trubisky found himself with room to run on a third-and-10 situation and scrambled to his right, just narrowly picking up a first down.

"We needed to continue to find ways to stay on the field and sometimes it's me pulling the ball down and making the play for the offense," Trubisky said.. The more times we can find ways to just convert on third down, stay on the field, grind it out, get the defense tired and stick to our plays and just execute like we know now, I think that's when we can be dangerous and get in a rhythm and continue to score."

After a 21-yard gain on the ground by Cohen, Trubisky used his legs again to get nine more yards on the ground.

Four plays later, on a third-and-goal snap, Trubisky called an audible at the line for receiver Anthony Miller. Seconds later he darted a strike to Robinson's back shoulder in the back of the end zone for a four-yard touchdown.

"I gave him a corner route," Trubisky said. "I threw it to a spot where only Anthony could catch it, and he made a great play."

The score put the Bears up 14-3 and turned out being everything they needed to take home the win.

The win puts the Bears back above .500 and gives them their third win of the season at Soldier Field, something Trubisky takes pride in.

"We love playing here at Soldier Field, and we're going to protect it with everything we got," Trubisky said.

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