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Turnover-prone Trubisky returns but can't stop Bears' slide

Mon Nov 30 1:34am ET
By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer

Chicago Bears' Mitchell Trubisky is sacked by Green Bay Packers' Preston Smith during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)


Chicago Bears' Mitchell Trubisky throws during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)


Chicago Bears' Mitchell Trubisky recovers his own fumble in front of Green Bay Packers' Preston Smith during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Mitchell Trubisky couldn't make the most of his second chance to lead the Chicago Bears' offense.

And he didn't get nearly enough help from a usually reliable Bears defense that delivered an uncharacteristically poor performance at the worst possible time.

Trubisky made his first start since the third week of the season Sunday night and threw three touchdown passes in a 41-25 loss to the Green Bay Packers. But he also committed three turnovers that led to Packers touchdowns as the Bears (5-6) fell three games behind Green Bay (8-3) in the NFC North.

''I can't take the offense off the field like that, with sudden changes, and just putting the ball in harm's way,'' said Trubisky, who went 26 of 46 for 242 yards. ''You're just not going to win games, or be in games, if you turn the ball over.''

Trubisky started the Bears' first three games before getting benched in favor of Nick Foles, who rallied Chicago from a 16-point deficit at Atlanta in that third game but posted a 2-5 record as the starter.

Foles injured his hip and glute in a 19-13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 16. That cleared the way for the return of Trubisky.

Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft made enough mistakes to show why he'd lost his hold on the starting job in the first place.

Chicago trailed 13-3 but had moved inside the Packers' 40-yard line early in the second quarter when Trubisky threw deep to a well-covered Darnell Mooney in the end zone. Trubisky's bid for a touchdown instead resulted in a touchback as Darnell Savage picked off the pass in the end zone.

''The safety made a good play over the top,'' Trubisky said. ''You've got to give him credit. But in hindsight definitely I would have liked to have checked that down, just not have forced it so much.''

Savage picked off another pass by Trubiskyin the third quarter.

In between those two interceptions was a critical fumble that pretty much sealed the Bears' fate. Chicago was trying to narrow the deficit late in the first half when Za'Darius Smith sacked Trubisky and forced a fumble. Preston Smith picked up the ball and ran 14 yards for a touchdown that made it 27-3.

Replays appeared to show Za'Darius Smith grab a bit of Trubisky's face mask, but no penalty was called.

While Green Bay's defense made plenty of big plays against Trubisky, the Bears' defense couldn't slow down the Packers. The Packers built a 41-10 lead in the first three quarters against a Chicago defense that was missing injured tackle Akiem Hicks. Bears coach Matt Nagy said his team's tackling got sloppy as the night wore on.

The Bears allowed 182 yards rushing and didn't sack Aaron Rodgers once, even though Green Bay lost center Corey Linsley to a knee injury in the first half. That lack of pass rush allowed Rodgers to throw four touchdown passes.

''Very frustrating from my standpoint,'' Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack said. ''That's something that I take personally.''

The frustrations are starting to boil over for the Bears, who had such high hopes after winning five of their first six games. Now they're below .500 with a five-game skid and an uncertain quarterback situation.

''It's hard to win in this league,'' Nagy said. ''And when you lose and you lose five in a row, you are getting challenged big time. What's easy to do, the easy way, is to just start pointing fingers and just say it's not my fault. That's what is easy to do. And unfortunately, right now, there's a lot that do that. We're not. We're going to fight.''

Player Notes
Darnell Mooney Nov 30 2:10am ET

Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney caught only three passes for 34 yards in the Bears 41-25 loss to the Packers on Sunday Night Football. It wasn't for lack of trying, as quarterback Mitchell Trubisky targeted the speedy rookie nine times. Mooney has emerged as a consistent, trustworthy weapon on offense and one of his deep routes ended up in the hands of Packers defenders. Mooney, however, lacks volume to garner true fantasy attention playing in an anemic offense moving into next week against the Lions in Week 13.

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Jimmy Graham Nov 30 2:10am ET

Chicago Bears tight end Jimmy Graham caught three passes for 34 yards in the team's 41-25 loss to the Packers in Week 12. It was an embarrassing performance for the Bears Defense in the first half as the Packers dominated time of possession. This left Chicago's offense with few chances and Graham was non-existent until the game was out of reach in the second half. Graham had proven himself to be a reliable red zone threat early on in the season but the veteran's production has slowed significantly during the team's five-game losing streak. He will be a dicey, touchdown-dependent fantasy reach in Week 13 against the Lions.

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Anthony Miller Nov 30 2:10am ET

Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller caught three passes for 28 yards in the team's 41-25 loss to the Packers in Week 12. The Bears were smacked in the face early as the Packers scored touchdowns on their first three drives. Miller was targeted six times in the game but was a non-factor throughout. Coaches continue to praise the third-year receiver's talent but it simply has not materialized. Consistency, volume and playing in a below-average offense should take Miller off the fantasy map, even though he will have a favorable matchup against the Lions in Week 13.

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Mitch Trubisky Nov 30 2:00am ET

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky completed 26-of-46 passes for 242 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the Bears disappointing 41-25 loss to the Packers in Week 12. Trubisky was inserted back in as starter for the first time since being benched in Week 3 and the results were, predictably, mixed. The Bears Defense put the offense in a hole early and the deficit was worsened due to some bad mistakes by Trubisky. He threw a ball deep to Darnell Mooney into double coverage that was intercepted that eventually resulted in a Packers touchdown. He then lost a fumble that was scooped up and ran back for another score. Later in the game, however, Trubisky was able to piece together two scoring drives to salvage a very inconsistent effort. Despite the outcome, Trubisky will have low-level fringe fantasy appeal next week against a Lions team that, throughout his career, the quarterback has dominated in the past.

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David Montgomery Nov 30 2:00am ET

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery carried the ball 11 times for 103 yards and added 40 receiving yards with one touchdown in the Bears 41-25 blowout loss to the Packers in Week 12. The Bears running game came into the contest averaging a league-worst 78.2 rushing yards a game but Montgomery changed all that on the first drive. The second-year back dashed up the middle for a 60-yard run, the longest of his career. Montgomery was able to find consistent running lanes throughout the game and added a touchdown reception late in the game to cap off the best fantasy effort of the season. With quarterback Mitchell Trubisky under center, the Bears running game has posted at least 122 rushing yards in each of his four starts this season. This bodes well for Montgomery heading into the team's must-win game against the Lions in Week 13.

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Allen Robinson Nov 30 2:00am ET

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson II caught a team-high eight passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns in the Bears blowout loss to the Packers 41-25 in Week 12. The Bears Defense put the offense behind the eight-ball early, allowing three touchdowns on the Packers first three offensive drives. The Bears played from behind the whole game but quarterback Mitchell Trubisky leaned on Robinson, targeting him 13 times. The veteran receiver now has nine games this season with at least nine targets in a game. Robinson will have excellent value next week against a disheveled Lions team in Week 13.

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Davante Adams Nov 30 1:50am ET

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams caught six passes for 61 yards with one touchdown in the Packers 41-25 thumping of the Bears in Week 12. Adams extended his touchdown streak to six games on the first drive of the game, coming down with a 12-yard score. Adams now has nine touchdowns during that six-game span and 11 on the season. No matter the matchup, Adams is a threat to score and post WR1 numbers. His next opponent will be the Eagles in Week 11.

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Robert Tonyan Nov 30 1:50am ET

Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan caught five passes for a team-high 67 receiving yards with one touchdown in the Packers 41-25 win over the Bears in Week 12. After a lull in production, Tonyan has re-emerged as a threat in a dynamic Packers passing game. Tonyan added the nail to the coffin with a 39-yard touchdown catch in the second half and now has seven receiving scores on the season. Tonyan now has 10 receptions and two touchdowns over his last two games and will go up against the Eagles in Week 12.

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Aaron Rodgers Nov 30 1:40am ET

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 21-of-29 passes for 211 yards and four touchdowns in the Packers dominating 41-25 win over the Bears in Week 12. Rodgers jumped all over a talented Bears Defense on the first drive, finding Davante Adams for a 12-yard touchdown. The Packers never looked back as Rodgers and the Packers scored touchdowns on their first three drives. The veteran quarterback has historically owned the Bears and once again sliced up their defense and now has 32 touchdowns on the season. Rodgers will be an easy QB1 call next week against the Eagles.

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Aaron Jones Nov 30 1:40am ET

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones carried the ball 17 times for 90 yards in the Packers 41-25 win over the Bears in Week 12. The Packers were shredding the Bears Defense in the passing game and Jones added injury to insult with some bruising runs. Jones has been touchdown-starved over the past month but continues to play a key role in a potent offense. Jones will have an opportunity to get back in the end zone next week against the Eagles.

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Jakobi Meyers Nov 29 11:50pm ET

New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers was able to put together a nice rebound performance in PPR formats. He hauled in five of his six targets for 52 yards in the Week 12 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. The Pats were unable to get much going on offense, so this was actually a solid performance considering what happened during the game. It doesn't look like Meyers is going to have the same type of production that he did a few weeks ago. However, he'll remain worth looking at as a WR3 in PPR formats against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 13.

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Damiere Byrd Nov 29 11:50pm ET

New England Patriots wide receiver Damiere Byrd predictable came back down to Earth against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12. Last week, he put together an incredible 132-yard performance, so it was unlikely that he'd keep that going here. He finished with three receptions on seven targets for 33 yards in the win. The Pats are likely going to continue looking his way, but he's not a trustworthy fantasy option. Possibly, a low-end flex option in PPR leagues.

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Damien Harris Nov 29 11:40pm ET

New England Patriots running back Damien Harris failed to get much going on the ground for the second week in a row. He rushed 14 times for 47 yards in the win over the Arizona Cardinals. It's surprising that the Pats were able to win this game despite how poorly they played on offense. Harris has not been able to find much room to run lately, but fantasy owners should hold onto him. He'll have low-end flex value against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 13.

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James White Nov 29 11:40pm ET

New England Patriots running back James White struggled on the ground, but gave fantasy owners a decent performance in Week 12. He rushed five times for 18 yards with two touchdowns in the win over the Arizona Cardinals. Damien Harris handled the lead back duties, but White was able to score the touchdowns in this one. The Pats are in desperate need of weapons on offense, so White should continue getting involved. He should be a safe flex option next week.

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Cam Newton Nov 29 11:30pm ET

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton had by far his worst performance of the season in Week 12. He completed nine of 18 passing attempts for 84 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Newton also rushed nine times for 46 yards on the ground. Somehow, the Pats managed to come away with the victory, which is shocking considering how awful Newton played. Fantasy owners who have Newton probably want to bang their head against a wall. He's been inconsistent all season, but should have low-end QB1 value against the Los Angeles Chargers next week.

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Dawson Knox Nov 29 11:20pm ET

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Gabriel Davis Nov 29 11:10pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis was expected to have an increased role with John Brown (calf) sidelined in this one. He hauled in three of his four targets for 79 yards and one touchdown in the Week 12 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. The rookie receiver now has four touchdowns on the year, which is quite impressive considering he's usually buried on the depth chart. It was a nice outing by Davis, but he won't be anything more than a deep league option right now.

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Jordan Wilkins Nov 29 11:10pm ET

Indianapolis Colts running back Jordan Wilkins was featured in the Colts offense in a Week 12 loss against the Titans. He had six carries for 22 yards and three catches on four targets for 35 yards. Wilkins has just two games all season with double-digit carries and seems to be the No. 3 running back right now behind Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines. Taylor was out (COVID-19) this week, so it will be tough to trust Wilkins next week when Taylor likely returns to the lineup. He is probably best suited on the bench in Week 13 against the Texans.

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Cole Beasley Nov 29 11:10pm ET

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Stefon Diggs Nov 29 11:00pm ET

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