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NFL Week 15 grades: Bears get an ‘A’ for keeping their playoff hopes alive; Patriots get big, fat ‘F’

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Mitchell Trubisky hasn’t precisely been identified for coming via within the clutch throughout his time in Chicago, however with the Bears‘ playoff hopes on the road in Minnesota on Sunday, the fourth-year quarterback delivered. 

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Trubisky did not end with fairly numbers, however he did throw for a highly-efficient 201 yards throughout Chicago’s 33-27 win over Minnesota. The Bears really bought off to a gradual begin with a three-and-out on their first offensive possession, however after that, they would not punt once more for the remainder of the sport because of a dynamic efficiency from each Trubisky and David Montgomery, who rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns. 

For the Bears, essentially the most encouraging efficiency got here from Trubisky, who’s now 4-2 on the season because the staff’s beginning quarterback. The enjoyable for Trubisky began on Chicago’s second possession when he confirmed off his accuracy by going 3 for 3 for 36 yards. The Bears quarterback capped the drive with an eight-yard landing cross that does not sound spectacular on paper, however simply watch the way it occurs. With a defender in his face, Trubisky was nonetheless someway in a position to dump the ball off to Darnell Mooney, who took the ball in for a rating. 

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At completely different factors in his profession, Trubisky might need taken a sack of thrown a decide or thrown an incomplete cross there, however this time he bought the landing. After taking the early 7-0 lead on that play, the Bears would by no means path. 

Trubisky did not simply do injury together with his proper arm, however he additionally damage the Vikings together with his legs. On one landing drive within the second quarter, Trubisky transformed twice on third down with a pair of runs. On one other TD drive within the third quarter, Trubisky transformed each a third-and-4 (with a 16-yard cross to Montgomery) and a third-and-11 (with a 13-yard cross to Allen Robinson). 

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Though Trubisky did make one monstrous mistake on this recreation when he threw a fourth-quarter interception ultimately zone, the Bears protection ended up bailing him out once they stopped the Vikings on a fourth-down try just some performs later. It was considered one of a number of large performs the Bears protection made on the day. 

As Trubisky continues to have a late0season resurgence, the Bears are going to have to begin asking themselves some large questions on his future. For example, if Trubisky leads this staff to the playoffs, does Chicago attempt to signal him to an extension? The quarterback is scheduled to be a free agent in March and primarily based on how he is enjoying, it appears he is decided to make the staff’s resolution as troublesome as attainable. 

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Alright, let’s get to the grades for each recreation from Week 15. If you happen to’re on the lookout for a deeper dive on the Chargers‘ wild win over the Raiders that was performed Thursday, be sure to click here.

Buffalo 48-19 over Denver (Saturday)

Inexperienced Bay 24-16 over Carolina (Saturday)

Tampa Bay 31-27 over Atlanta

Tennessee 46-25 over Detroit

Indianapolis 27-20 over Houston

Baltimore 40-14 over Jacksonville

Dallas 41-33 over San Francisco

49ers-Cowboys grades by Patrik Walker (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

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Miami 22-12 over New England

Patriots-Dolphins grades by Tyler Sullivan (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Chicago 33-27 over Minnesota

Bears-Vikings grades by Bryan DeArdo (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

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Seattle 20-15 over Washington

Seahawks-Washington grades by Jordan Dajani (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

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