The Bears will look to build on their Week 6 overtime upset of the Ravens when they play host to the Panthers on Sunday at Soldier Field. A victory would give John Fox's team its first two-game winning streak since Weeks 9 and 10 of 2015. Here's our snapshot look at Sunday's game. Pressing question Can Mitch Trubisky continue showing growth against another talented defense? After making his first road start and salvaging his first NFL victory Sunday, Trubisky should have added confidence as he welcomes the Panthers to Soldier Field. The rookie's 18-yard completion to convert third-and-11 on the Bears' game-winning drive in overtime against the Ravens has the most optimistic believers seeing signs that he's in the express lane to becoming a Pro Bowl-caliber playmaker. But the growth curve of a rookie quarterback is rarely linear. And it will be up to Trubisky to remain steady and reliable as he handles new responsibilities against different defenses each week. To this point, the rookie has shown that his poise is a major strength. Teammates continue vouching for his natural leadership ability as well. Leonard Floyd even has given the young quarterback a new nickname — "The Pretty Boy Assassin." "I love 'The Pretty Boy Assassin,'" outside linebacker Pernell McPhee said. "That's my boy. He's really calm. He's very composed." In the early stages of his time as a starter, Trubisky will be judged on his ability to make good decisions and, of most importance, to protect the ball. On Sunday, he will face a Panthers defense that hasn't had an interception since the third quarter of their Week 1 victory over the 49ers. And that came from linebacker Luke Kuechly. So there might be opportunity this week for Trubisky to take a few shots against the Panthers secondary.
'Pretty Boy Assassin' Mitch Trubisky impressing Bears with his composure
Chicago Tribune | Oct 21