Tar Heels in NFL: Resurgent Trubisky has big game as Bears roll

By R.L. Bynum

Critics have targeted the Chicago Bears ever since they selected Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky with the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft ahead of Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.

That criticism has been valid. But, for one Sunday, Trubisky looked better than both of those other 2017 picks as he outplayed Watson in the Bears’ 36–7 victory over the Houston Texans.

Trubisky was 24 of 33 for 267 yards for three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 126.7 passer rating. Watson was 21 of 30 for 219 yards and one touchdown and a 101.9 passer rating and was sacked six times. Trubisky has a better winning percentage as a starting quarterback at 57.4% (27–20) than Watson at 56.0% (28–22).

Meanwhile in Miami Gardens, Fla., Mahomes was 24 of 34 for two touchdowns, three interceptions and a 91.9 passer rating in the Chiefs’ 33–27 win over the Miami Dolphins.

It was Trubisky’s highest passer rating since a 118.1 rating when he connected on 29 of 38 passes for three touchdowns and one interception in the Bears’ 24–20 victory at Detroit on Nov. 28, 2019.

In the last three games, Trubisky has thrown for 776 yards and seven touchdowns with two interceptions and a 103.2 passer rating.

Linebacker Cole Holcomb had another good game in Washington’s 23-15 road victory over San Francisco with five tackles and three assists.

In the Dolphins’ loss to the Chiefs, wide receiver Mack Hollins had his most productive game of the season five catches on nine targets for 66 yards. Last week, Hollins was nominated to the Pro Bowl for special teams.

On Monday, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed tight end Bug Howard to their practice squad.

How Tar Heels fared in Week 14

PlayerPosition, team, roster statusSeason statistics
Mitch TrubiskyQB, Bears, active
36-7 win vs HoustonStarted; 24-33-0 3 TDs 267 yards,126.7 rating; 4 rushes for 23 yards101-165-5, 13 TDs, 5 INTs; 19 rushes for 133 yards
Eric EbronTE, Steelers active
26-15 loss at BuffaloDidn’t start; 2 catches on 5 targets, 30 yards; 1 2-pt. conv. catch51 catches for 511 yards and 4 TDs
Gio BernardRB, Bengals, active
30-7 loss vs. DallasStarted; 3 carries for 8 yards; 3 catches on 3 targets for 15 yards80 rushes, 261 yards, 2 TDs; 39 catches, 275 yards, 2 TDs
Cole HolcombLB, Washington, active
23-15 win at SFStarted; 5 tackles, 3 assists31 tackles, 21 assists, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT, 1 FF
James HurstOL, Saints, active
24-21 loss at Phila.Didn’t start; played 4 offensive snaps and 5 special-teams snapsPlayed in 9 games
Mack HollinsWR, Dolphins, active
33-27 loss vs. KC5 catches on 9 targets for 66 yards11 receptions for 113 yards and a TD; 1 tackle, 2 assists,
M.J. StewartCB, Browns, active
47-42 loss vs. Balt.3 tackles, 1 assist, 2 penalties; played 33 (55%) of defensive snaps15 tackles, 3 assists, 1 interception, 1 sack
Robert QuinnLB, Bears, active
36-7 win vs HoustonStarted; played 39 (59% of the) defense snaps10 tackles, 4 assists, 1 sack
Tre BostonFS, Panthers, active
32-27 loss vs. DenverStarted; 4 tackles, 2 assists46 tackles, 25 assists
Andre SmithLB, Bills, active
26-15 win vs. PittDidn’t start; played 21 (75%) of the defensive snaps3 tackles, 1 special teams tackle
Aaron CrawfordDT, Ravens, practice squad
47-42 win at Cleveland1 assist
Jason StrowbridgeDE, Dolphins, active
33-27 loss vs. KCDidn’t start; played 1 defensive snap and 3 special-team snaps1 tackle, 2 assists
Charlie HeckOT, Texans, active
36-7 loss at ChicagoNot active for the gameHas played in 1 game.
Sylvester WilliamsDT, Broncos, active
32-17 win at CarolinaNot active for this game3 tackle; 5 assists; 1 tackle on 2-point conversion attempt
Ryan SwitzerWR, Browns, practice squad
Kareem MartinOLB, Lions, practice squad
William SweetOT, 49ers, practice squad
T.J. LoganRB, Bucs, IR (out for season with leg injury)
Myles DornFS, Vikings, IR
Jalen DaltonDT, Saints, IR
Russell BodineC, Lions, opted out of season

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