From the moment they identified him as the quarterback

From the moment they identified him as the quarterback

Postprzez panxing18 » Pią Lis 09, 2018 7:42 am

to lift their struggling franchise , the Chicago Bears envisioned big games from Mitchell Trubisky.As breakthroughs go, this was a huge one.Trubisky threw a career-high six touchdown passes — one shy of the NFL record — and the NFC North-leading Bears pounded the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-10 on Sunday.The Bears (3-1) won their third straight with Trubisky delivering the sort of performance general manager Ryan Pace envisioned when he traded up a spot to draft the prized quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick last year.He finished one TD pass short of the franchise mark set by Sid Luckman against the New York Giants in 1943. Luckman is tied with seven others in NFL history to throw seven TD passes in a game. The Bears also racked up 483 yards in this one, nearly matching their record of 488 in that same game, on the way to their highest point total since 51-20 victory over Tennessee in 2012."It's very humbling because you know the history of the Bears and how many great players have come through this organization," Trubisky said. "For me, you're just trying to create your own legacy and try to make a path."The defense did its part, harassing Ryan Fitzpatrick before Jameis Winston took over to start the second half. And the Bears (3-1) matched their longest win streak since a 3-0 start in 2013.Trubisky had never thrown for more than two touchdowns in a game. But he tossed five in the first half alone as Chicago grabbed a 38-3 lead. The only other player with more in a single half since 1991 was Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers with six in the first two quarters against the Bears in a romp at Lambeau Field in November 2014.Trubisky had no trouble finding wide-open receivers against a struggling secondary, completing 19 of 26 passes for 354 yards."Hopefully, this is a day where we look back down the road here," Bears coach Matt Nagy said, "and say, 'Remember that day where he had that great game?' And it helped catapult him into being a great quarterback."Khalil Mack had a strip-sack in the first half against Fitzpatrick. That made him the first player with a sack and forced fumble in four straight games since Robert Mathis for Indianapolis in 2005. He also appeared to tip the ball as Winston released a pass that Danny Trevathan picked off on the first drive of the second half.OVERMATCHEDComing off a tight loss to Pittsburgh on Monday night, the Buccaneers (2-2) were simply overwhelmed in this one."We should fire every person that was on that field today, starting with me. That was horrific," coach Dirk Koetter said.Koetter said Winston "probably" did enough to regain the starting job, but wouldn't quite commit to that.Tampa Bay decided to stick with Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback even though Winston was back from a three-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.But after becoming the first player in NFL history to top 400 yards passing in three consecutive games , Fitzpatrick was 9 of 18 for 126 yards and got sacked twice. Winston was 16 for 20 with 145 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.CATCHING ONChicago's Tarik Cohen had a career-high 121 yards receiving and a touchdown. Taylor Gabriel had a personal-best 104 yards receiving to go with two TD catches.Trey Burton caught a 39-yard touchdown on the game's opening drive and finished with 86 yards.Allen Robinson caught a 14-yarder late in the first quarter — his first TD since signing with Chicago in the offseason.HICKS EJECTEDBears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks was ejected for pushing an official late in the first half.The incident occurred after Eddie Jackson intercepted a pass by Fitzpatrick. Hicks was involved in a scuffle away from the play with a Buccaneers player. Down judge Mike Carr had separated them when Hicks charged back and pushed the official, referee Jerome Boger told a pool reporter."It was just a deliberate act, when he knew the official was there in-between," Boger said.Hicks remained on the sideline for a few plays before leaving the field and threw his shoulder pads and jersey into the stands.NATIONAL ANTHEMThere were no obvious protests by either team.INJURIESBuccaneers: TE O.J. Howard left in the first half because of a knee injury. ... CB Carlton Davis III aggravated a groin injury.Bears: LB Sam Acho left in the first half with a pectoral injury.UP NEXTBuccaneers: Have bye week. At Atlanta on Oct. 14.Bears: Have bye week. At Miami on Oct. 14.NFL Power Rankings: Colts generated mixed reactions through week three Through 3 weeks, no one knows quite what to make of the Indianapolis Colts. Is their defense any good? Is the offense incredibly innovative or dreadfully boring? Is Andrew Luck back to normal or facing the prospect of being Checkdown Chad Pennington for the rest of his career?All these questions are being bandied about, and the power rankings this week reflect that uncertainty. The Colts have hung in there with 3 very good teams and beaten one of them. They’ve faced two straight road games and gave the defending Super Bowl Champs all they could handle. If the officials had paid more attention, the Colts might have just shocked the league and pulled out a win. Regardless, we shouldn’t expect a lot of movement until the Colts stop “looking promising” and start winning football games. Once that happens, the arrow is likely to point up on this Colts team, and they are entering a pretty favorable stretch of schedule.With that said, let’s take a look at what people are saying about this team around the’s Elliot Harrison has the Colts dropping four spots to 26th.The plucky Colts hung tough in Philly, two weeks after doing the same against the Bengals and a week after delivering an unexpected win in Washington. The movie logline of the 20-16 loss in Philadelphia: A frisky football team enters a hostile stadium with high hopes, only to see its dreams derailed by red-zone futility. Or something like that. Indy kept finding its way inside the Eagles’ 20, yet three times, the Colts came away without a touchdown -- and on another Authentic Quincy Wilson Jersey , no points at all. By the way, “finding its way” might not carry the kind of action you would expect in sports writing, especially about offense. Although considering the Colts couldn’t generate any Sunday (209 yards total), how they stumbled that deep into Philadelphia’s side of the field almost defies logic.ESPN has the Colts up one spot to 24th.The Colts still don’t seem to trust Andrew Luck’s ability to throw the deep ball, as evident in their decision to have Jacoby Brissett attempt the Hail Mary on the final play in Week 3. Luck is averaging just 5.4 air yards per attempt this season, the shortest average pass in the league.Frank Schwab of Yahoo! Sports has the Colts holding at 21st.I’ll give Frank Reich and his staff a lot of credit. The Colts are playing very well, despite their 1-2 record. You get the feeling that staff is getting the most out of the talent on hand. Don’t forget that Reich is a rookie head coach and his offensive, defensive and special teams coordinators were never NFL coordinators before this season.USA Today’s Nate Davis has the Colts ranked 15th. Andrew Luck on pace to become next Chad Pennington given inability to strike deep like he used to. (Hoping this is worst projection of all.)Bleacher Report has the Colts down two spots to 22.The good news for the Indianapolis Colts is the team has had a second-half lead in all three games this season. The bad news is that twice—including Sunday in Philadelphia—the Colts haven’t been able to hold that lead.Frankly, the Colts were fortunate to have ever had the lead against the Eagles. Indy’s offense was downright offensive, gaining a measly 209 total yards. Quarterback Andrew Luck continued to struggle moving the ball downfield, averaging just 4.1 yards an attempt.The most damning indictment of Luck came on the final play of the game, when the Colts brought Jacoby Brissett in off the bench to attempt a Hail Mary. After topping 300 passing yards in Week 1, Luck has just 343 over his last two games combined. Sunday also marked the second straight week the Colts failed to amass 300 yards of total offense.That’s not going to get it done.
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