Mitchell Trubisky Has Outplayed Aaron Rodgers Since Week 12
By Max Staley
Mitchell Trubisky has not had a great season, and that's putting it mildly. He's dead last in the NFL among qualified passers in terms of yards per attempt (6.2) and yards per completion (9.6), and he's only thrown 16 touchdowns to eight interceptions.
However, Trubisky has quietly turned it around over the last three weeks. In fact, he's actually outplayed his division rival Aaron Rodgers during that stretch, by a pretty significant margin.
Over his last three weeks, Trubisky is averaging 286.7 passing yards per game, while throwing seven TDs to four INTs and leading Chicago to a 3-0 record during that span, keeping its playoff hopes alive. He's also added 28.3 rushing yards per contest and scored two TDs on the ground in that time.
Rodgers, meanwhile, is averaging 180.7 passing yards per game across his last three, tossing six TDs and no INTs, though he did lose two fumbles.
While Rodgers did have to contend with the San Francisco 49ers' No. 2 ranked passing defense, per Football Outsiders' DVOA rankings, during this recent swoon, his other two opponents weren't too imposing. He faced the New York Giants and Washington Redskins, and they come in at No. 28 and No. 18, respectively, in that metric.
Trubisky also has the edge in yards per attempt (7.82 to 5.77), adjusted yards per attempt (7.45 to 7.04) and completion percentage (70.0 percent to 62.7 percent) during this three-week stretch.
It should go without saying, but this doesn't mean that Trubisky has suddenly become the superior passer. However, his recent string of performances has certainly given Bears fans hope.
The fact that he's outplayed Rodgers is just the cherry on top.
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