This is part of the reason Trubisky should have started all season.
"It was fun", he said.
Mitch-a-palooza started out hot Monday night, with the rookie displaying pinpoint accuracy and rolling out of the pocket to dart passes all over the field. The crowd was electric.
It was a moment, also, that wasn't supposed to happen so soon.
The afformentioned quarterback was the last first round pick to start for the Bears in his rookie season.
On the first touchdown pass of his career, Trubisky used play-action to the left to create space, and then, rolled out to the right of the formation. This was an unprecedented event for Bears fans who have never watched a Bears quarterback that was drafted that high and it was a welcome change from the short-lived Mike Glennon era.
Glennon got the initial nod, but with eight turnovers, he forced the Bears' hand. The Vikings have home games with the Packers and Ravens after this week, and need a win tonight to remain in a second-place tie in the NFC North with the Lions and just a game behind Green Bay. "When we got to the point where we didn't feel like he could protect himself, we took him out of the game". "There's no doubt in my mind".
Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who is eligible to practice next Monday, will be evaluated by his surgeon next week to see if he is ready to return from the dislocated left knee and torn ligaments that have kept him out for more than 13 months.
Trubisky was supposed to have time to develop on the bench before he got his turn, and have Cameron Meredith and Kevin White as legitimate targets outside.
All said and done, the Vikings' D allowed Trubisky just 125 yards on 12-for-25 passing.
"He was calm, he was cool", receiver Kendall Wright said. "I think they won the game for us there at the end". But it was memorable, in retrospect, as it was Jay Cutler's last win as a Bear.
Keenum was decisive, made plays and didn't turn the ball over.
Trubisky's touchdown pass went to tight end Zach Miller early in the fourth quarter.
It was time for the new kid to really step up.
It paved the way for Kai Forbath's game-winning field goal. But the Vikings still have the makings of a good defense, and that may be enough to beat the Bears on Monday Night Football.
Pro Bowl safety Harrison Smith was lurking, baiting the rookie into throwing the pass. "Just broke out to the right, and that was basically me trying to do too much". "Throw the ball away and play another down". The Vikings will have a very interesting decision to make if and when Teddy Bridgewater is activated from the PUP list because if Bradford is unable to get fully healthy there is no justification for putting him in the lineup. "They did a good job of scheming us up". "I know he scrambled for a first down".