Studs and duds from Bears' Week 1 loss to Packers


The Chicago Bears' 2019 season got off to a rocky start Thursday night with a 10-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers. And while all of the offseason concern surrounded a potential regression on defense and unstable kicking game, it was the offense and QB Mitch Trubisky that ultimately let the team down.

But Trubisky wasn't the only reason Chicago looked overmatched and underprepared on offense. Whether it was the playcalling, miscommunication along the offensive line or just uninspired effort, the Bears looked like a high school offense.

Not all was terrible, however. Despite the loss, several Bears on both sides of the ball played a strong game. 

Here are Week 1's Studs and Duds.

STUD:  WR Allen Robinson (7 catches, 102 yards)

The reports about Robinson returning to form this offseason were true. He looked confident in and out of his breaks, ran with more explosiveness and flashed his trademark body control on back-shoulder throws and contested catches. He was the only player on offense worth watching Thursday night, and had Trubisky been even halfway decent from the pocket, A-Rob could've had even more production.

DUD: QB Mitchell Trubisky (26 for 45, 228 yards, 1 INT)

Trubisky was terrible Thursday night; there's simply no way around it. When he had time to throw, he was inaccurate. When the pocket got chaotic, he panicked. The most disappointing part of his game may have been the fact he didn't use his legs to generate any momentum. He ran just three times for 11 yards. Trubisky had some of his most impactful performances in 2018 when he was equal parts runner and passer. Week 1 wasn't a good look for Trubisky the pocket passer.

STUD: OLB Leonard Floyd (2 sacks)

The Bears have been waiting for Floyd to become a double-digit sack artist since selecting him with the ninth overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, and Thursday night's opener may have been the first glimpse of him becoming that guy. He was an active pass rusher all night and finished the game with a team-best two sacks; he would've had a third if it wasn't for an illegal contact call against Kyle Fuller. Green Bay was clearly focusing on slowing Khalil Mack, and Floyd took advantage. It's what's expected of him in 2019, and it's a great sign that he delivered in Week 1.

DUD: Matt Nagy

For as bad as Trubisky was, Nagy may have been worse. He failed to identify that it wasn't his quarterback's night; he continued to force the pass. He called 50 pass plays compared to just 15 runs and limited prized rookie David Montgomery to only six carries. Not to mention his decision to forego a 51-yard field goal attempt on fourth-and-10. It's easy to blame the quarterback when the offense stalls, but Nagy deserves just as much criticism.

STUD: K Eddy Pineiro

Sure, Pineiro only attempted one field goal, but with all the pressure that was on his right leg when he entered the game, his ability to split the uprights with confidence was good to see. His night could've been better (he blasted the ensuing kickoff out of bounds), but he got his first field goal out of the way and should now be able to approach each week like any other kicker in the NFL.

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