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Mitchell Trubisky to start for Bears vs. Lions despite awful showing in loss to Packers

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The Chicago Bears are sticking with Mitchell Trubisky under center for this weekend’s game against the Detroit Lions.

Veteran quarterback Nick Foles, who won the job from Trubisky in Week 3, returned to practice on Wednesday in a limited fashion. However, head coach Matt Nagy has already declared Trubisky the starter, per ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson. 

The former No. 2 overall pick made his first start since Week 3 on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers as Foles was sidelined due to a hip injury. It did not go well.

Trubisky completed just 26-of-46 passes for 242 yards while throwing a pair of ugly interceptions and losing a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. He rallied with a couple of nice scoring drives in the fourth quarter, but the Packers had the game well in hand at that point.

Still, Nagy and the Bears will count on the North Carolina product to make adjustments and show improvement against a woeful Lions secondary.

Chicago’s playoff hopes are currently slipping away. The Bears started the year at 5-1, but they have since lost five straight as the offensive woes have continued.

Nagy himself gave up play-calling duties, but it has made little difference in the past couple weeks. Chicago amassed a mere 149 yards of total offense in a Week 10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, then — after a decent first drive featuring a nice run from David Montgomery — struggled to move the ball with any effectiveness in Green Bay.

At 5-6, the Bears are suddenly on the outside looking in. Chicago has an excellent opportunity to get back on track against Detroit, but Trubisky will need to get things in order to get a victory.