Despite the outcome of the game, the Bears finally showed some improvement on offense in last Sunday night's 41-25 loss to the Packers.
With quarterback Mitchell Trubisky making his first start in nine weeks, the Bears moved the ball on three of four first-half possessions.
David Montgomery's 57-yard run set up a short field goal on their first drive. Trubisky completed passes of 20 and 16 yards to Allen Robinson II to move into Packers territory on their second possession before throwing a costly interception. And on their last drive of the half, the Bears picked up nine first downs—one fewer than their entire total in losing their previous game to the Vikings—in marching 87 yards on 14 plays capped by Trubisky's 1-yard touchdown pass to Robinson.
As he prepares to make his second straight start Sunday against the Lions, Trubisky is focused on building on the positives and improving his ball security after throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble in Green Bay.
"After watching the mistakes, the main thing is taking care of the football," Trubisky said Wednesday. "It's easy to say, a little bit harder to do. Especially going into it, you just have the mindset, 'I'm going to take care of the football, I'm not going to force things.'
"But you get into a game, and especially early on when we have a play called that we wanted to take a shot on all week, I take the shot and the defense made a better play than we did. They intercepted the ball. Later on in the game, we're down by a couple scores, I tried taking another shot, the ball doesn't come out right, the ball doesn't go where I want it to go and the defense makes another good play and then we have the fumble, which is just harping on two hands on the ball in the pocket and protecting that football.
"So it's definitely frustrating, but some plays, it just happens in football. You've got to let it go. You're going to have that throughout the flow of a season and the games, and it's a common theme with quarterbacks—you have a better chance of winning when you take care of the football. So, it's very obvious to say; you've just got to go out there and do it."
“The main thing is taking care of the football. It’s easy to say, a little bit harder to do.” Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky
In his first start since Sept. 27 in Atlanta, Trubisky completed 26 of 46 passes for 242 yards with three touchdowns, the aforementioned three turnovers and a 74.7 passer rating in Green Bay. Much of his production—including two TD passes—came in fourth quarter "garbage time" after the Packers had built a commanding 41-10 lead.
Although Trubisky understands that he must do a better job of protecting the ball moving forward, the fourth-year pro saw some positives in last Sunday night's outing.
"I think the offense felt that we were just moving the ball a little bit better," Trubisky said. "We were a little bit better on first and second down. You saw the run game open up a little bit. And we were making them cover the whole field, and I think when I'm out there, there's always an option for a quarterback run that they have to account for as well.
"So I think we're excited about those things. I thought our overall execution was a little bit better. And I thought our sense of urgency and tempo in and out of the huddle, I think that's something that the defense has to account for.
"I think those things help us get into a better rhythm, and you saw us move the ball a little bit better. But we don't want to be down by a bunch of scores, obviously, to not be in that situation, which we call 'save mode' for us. We've just got to continue to stay ahead of the chains, take care of the football and obviously keep coming away with points. But it felt like there was a little bit more of a rhythm and it felt like we were moving the ball a little bit better."