MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- For 30 minutes, Mitchell Trubisky's encore following his career-best six-touchdown performance in a blowout victory against Tampa Bay was underwhelming.
The Chicago Bears, coming off a bye week, went scoreless in the first half Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, falling behind 7-0. Trubisky looked jittery in the pocket. He was 9-of-14 at the break for a paltry 89 yards, 47 of which came on one play.
But as the Bears defense took a nosedive after halftime, Trubisky cleaned up his play. He finished 22-of-31 for 316 yards and three touchdowns, good for a 122.5 quarterback rating. Ultimately, the Bears fell 31-28 in overtime, but there were plenty of positives for the second-year quarterback.
“I think for us it was just mindset and energy, talking at halftime, just fixing and just coming out and being the offense we know we can be,” Trubisky said. “Got used to the environment, heat a little bit or whatever. I call it getting gassed up. We just got to hydrate, come out there and play our game like we know how. So, it's just energy, mindset and all 11 guys being on the same page. That's the offense we expect to be, and we've got to have that in the first half.”
Trubisky wasn’t going to have the same kind of game against the Dolphins that he had against the Bucs, but the fact he bounced back after a subpar first half and played well enough for the Bears (3-2) to win certainly was something to build on.
Trubisky threw a costly pick in the end zone that cannot be overlooked. But he connected on three touchdowns following halftime, one of them a clutch 29-yard toss to rookie Anthony Miller late in the fourth quarter.
“I thought [Trubisky] played well,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said. “I thought he went through his progressions. He fought. He battled. We didn't do well the first half. We didn't score many points, zero in the first half. But you know what our guys did is they battled. They came out and we scored 21 points in eight minutes.
"And so they battled, and we had the lead throughout the rest of the game, and credit to Miami for making good plays.”
Trubisky’s performances are often overanalyzed, but he wasn’t the main story Sunday -- thanks to the frantic, back-and-forth pace.
Trubisky's game against Tampa was probably an outlier. But he played well enough in Miami. His numbers over the past two games are positively Mahomes-esque: 41-of-57 for 670 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception.
If Sunday’s performance is the new normal for Trubisky, the Bears might be in good shape going forward.