Case Keenum steps in, leads Vikings past Bears

Case Keenum steps in, leads Vikings past Bears

The stage was set. That type of conservative play-calling could come back to haunt them if the Vikings end up winning this game by a point.

But as Bears fans learned today, he isn't ready to save this football team from its struggles just yet.

As you may notice, Trubisky looks like he's selling the draw as a possible read-option play by running right, but he's actually setting up to catch a pitch from Miller on a lateral. Trubisky looks like he clearly can play at the National Football League level.

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Trubisky, who was the second overall pick of April's NFL Draft, was inconsistent in his first NFL start.

Thankfully, when the Vikings offense returned to the field for one final possession in the second quarter, Keenum was at quarterback. After a solid start, he got in a funk through the middle of the game and couldn't complete a pass for a long stretch.

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Except Trubisky made a dumb play. His first touchdown pass was a bit lucky, but it still counts. The runner did the rest, evading one tackler and then spinning around Vikings returner Marcus Sherels before galloping into the end zone. The tight end, who played quarterback at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, took two steps before pitching the ball over Minnesota linebacker Anthony Barr back to Trubisky, who had nobody around him as he walked into the end zone.

Or his veteran coach as Fox bungled a fourth-and-short that resulted in a timeout, the punt team running on and off the field and eventually a delay-of-game penalty. He eventually pulled the plug and inserted Case Keenum with 25 seconds left in the first half.

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.

Trubisky showed some skills. He has a good arm, which he showed off too infrequently. It's clear the page has been turned and that things only should be better with Trubisky going forward. And some of Trubisky and the offenses' best plays became causalities of this mistakes. Over the last two seasons they are 1-1 in Chicago, but since 2001 they have lost 13 of the 15 games played there.

Trubisky will learn. He should improve. The real question is can Trubisky handle his first start?

Rookie Mitchell Trubisky will make his debut for the Chicago Bears and after three weeks away due to injury, Sam Brandford is active for the Minnesota Vikings.