For a moment, the Green Bay Packers' defense parted like the Red Sea in the time of Moses. Unfortunately for the Chicago Bears, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is no prophet. The second-year pro helped the Bears to a 20-point lead but missed a crucial read on third down as Aaron Rodgers and the Packers came back to win 24-23 in Week 1.
Dan Durkin of The Athletic tweeted an image showing Trubisky fail to see his tight end Trey Burton wide open in the end zone. Needless to say, the play got a lot of attention.
On a third down from the Packers' three-yard line, this play went for -minus five yards. Bonus points if you spot the open player…. pic.twitter.com/sLrsDmvK04
— dan durkin (@djdurkin) September 11, 2018
When you watch the film at full speed, it isn't as bad as it looks. Trubisky appeared to be running through his reads and just happened to look to Burton late. However, there is no denying this was a big opportunity to turn the game around.
“I can’t let any game, any play, define who I am as a player or as a person,” Trubisky said. “I’m continuing to grow and get better. We want immediate results, everybody — the media, the fans, myself — but unfortunately that’s not always part of it.”
Trubisky completed 23 of 35 passes for 171 yards on the night. While he didn't throw any interceptions, he also didn't throw any touchdowns. Even if Burton was late in Trubisky's progression, he'll have to learn to take more risks dow the field.
Trubisky will look to improve and avoid falling into an 0-2 hole by securing a win against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on Monday night. His ability to get the ball into the end zone will determine their success this year.