Final takeaways: Merry Christmas, Bears fans … Mitch Trubisky wins

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Bears rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky takes off against the Browns. (Getty)

Random thoughts and observations while covering the Bears’ Week 16 matchup against the Browns at Soldier Field.


1. The Bears have had a bad season, but they’re not the Browns.

2. Bears rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky (14-for-23, 193 yards, 87.8 passer rating, seven carries, 44 yards, four-yard touchdown run) showed why he was the second overall pick. And Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer (18-for-36, 182 yards, two interceptions, 41.7 passer rating, three carries, eight yards) showed why he was available in the second round.

3. Do you think the Browns regret passing on Trubisky?

4. During the fourth quarter, a snowball fight broke out in the 400 level of the stands across from the press box between Bears fans and two Browns fans — one in a No. 2 jersey (Johnny Manziel or Tim Couch? Hard to tell. His hood covered the name). Those in blue won on and off the field.

5. Some fans also threw snowballs at the Browns sideline.


1. Trubisky’s worst play of the game officially was a footnote. Browns rookie defensive end Myles Garrett picked off his pass to running back Jordan Howard and returned it to the Bears’ 5. But the play didn’t count. Browns defensive end Carl Nassib was lined up offsides. Howard scored on a 16-yard run four plays later.

2. Trubisky snow angel alert.


1. Garrett, the first overall pick of this year’s draft, sacked Trubisky … and then celebrated by making a snow angel on the field. It was a coverage sack on a snowy day. But it still was a play the Browns have been looking for from Garrett. The Browns were said to be torn on Trubisky and Garrett before the draft. It was Garrett’s sixth sack of the season.

2. A bad pass from Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer made cornerback Kyle Fuller’s good day even better. Fuller broke up two passes in the first quarter. He then ended a productive Browns drive in the second quarter by intercepting Kizer’s overthrown pass to receiver Josh Gordon in the end zone. It was an easy interception.

3. The Browns’ defensive game plan vs. Trubisky? Blitz. Blitz. Blitz. Blitz. Blitz. Blitz. And blitz. Then blitz some more. But that’s what defensive coordinator Gregg Williams does.


1. The wintry conditions made this a run-heavy game for both teams. Trubisky had four carries for 20 yards in the first quarter, including an 11-yard scramble for a key first down on the Bears’ first scoring drive.

2. I don’t like that center Cody Whitehair was moved to right guard. Then again, what other choice do the Bears have? They’re without guards Kyle Long (injured reserve) and Josh Sitton (ankle). Veteran reserve Tom Compton also is out with a concussion. Hroniss Grasu is best at center.

3. Tight end Zach Miller received a loud ovation when introduced on the field. Miller, who is recovering from a dislocated knee, walked out to the field. Bears chairman George McCaskey wore Miller’s No. 86 jersey to the game.

4. It’s snowy. I love it. Merry Christmas.

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