Another tough start for Mike Glennon, who came out throwing short stuff in an apparent attempt to get him into a rhythm.
However, it didn’t really work. Poor pass-blocking on the first series and then just low and slow passes did not compliment Tarik Cohen’s good running performance.
Glennon threw a pick in the redzone, then nearly threw two more.
While Twitter was working to bury the guy, he did finally come back and end the half with a couple of nice throws (with a questionable one in between) that resulted in a TD pass to Kendall Wright.
On defense, there were a couple nice plays, some pressure from Jaye Howard, Jonathan Bullard and Sam Acho as well as some decent pass break ups and near-picks from Quitin Demps, Cre’von LeBlanc and Eddie Jackson.
There were also some breakdowns, the worst coming on a fourth and goal play that resulted in an Arizona TD for Jermaine Gresham.
As the first half wound down, the Cardinals lined up for a 63-yard field goal after the refs added :01 to the clock following a play going out of bounds. Deonte Thompson returned the missed FG 109 yards for a TD.
At the half the Bears led 17-7.
The Cardinals opened the second half with a drive that lasted over seven minutes and ended with a Blaine Gabbert TD run.
Mark Sanchez started the second half, despite the overwhelming calls for seeing Trubisky as soon as possible. But Sanchez got just one possession before it was Trubisky Time.
Mitchell Trubisky entered the game with just under 3 minutes left in the third. He took a couple of sacks, but the accuracy was once again on display. He did throw a ball that was nearly picked, but the refs ruled it hit the ground before the defender could get a handle on it. The line play and running game were worse once Trubisky was in, not giving him much time and he looked a little more like a rookie.
He did finally get a drive going late in the game and threw a TD to Benny Cunningham on a rollout out of the two-minute warning. It capped a 5-play, 38-yard drive.
Back up DB B.W. Webb had an athletic interception where he took the ball away from the receiver and tucked it into his body, all while twisting and falling to the ground. He managed to keep the ball off the ground.
The game did end up being close: Daniel Braverman couldn’t handle the onside kick from the Cardinals and they recovered and drove down to the Bears five-yard line with 31 seconds left and facing 4th and 1. The Bears couldn’t stuff it and the Cardinals got the first down. With the ball at three yard line with 14 seconds left, Jeremy Ross caught a TD to bring the Cardinals within one.
Bruce Arians lined up to go for two with 9 seconds on the clock but the pass fell incomplete and the Bears held on for the win, 24-23. Conner Shaw took the knee to close it out.
Mike Glennon: 13/18, 89 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 78.2 rating
Mark Sanchez: 2/2, 23 yards, 114.6 rating
Mitchell Trubisky: 6/8, 60 yards, 1 TD, 135.4 rating
Tarik Cohen: 11 carries, 77 yards
Cameron Meredith: 2 catches, 26 yards, 4 targets
Kendall Wright: 2 catches, 9 yards, 1 TD, 3 targets
Jonathan Bullard: 3 tackles, 1 Tackle For Loss, 1 QB hit
Roy Robertson-Harris: 2 sacks, 1 Pass Deflection
Jerrell Freeman: 5 tackles
Eddie Jackson: 1 PD
Cre’Von LeBlanc: 3 tackles, 1 PD
B.W. Webb: 3 tackles, 1 PD, 1 INT